Reid leads High Point past NJIT 76-53 in NIT Season Tipoff
SEATTLE (AP)—Arizona Reid scored 29 points and Eugene Harris added 21 as High Point never trailed in beating New Jersey Institute of Technology 76-53 Wednesday night in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tipoff tournament.
Reid, the preseason choice as player of the year in the Big South conference, was 11-for-18 from the field. He also had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
High Point (1-2), which lost 77-64 to Utah in the first round of the tournament Tuesday and is favored to win its conference, led 34-16 at halftime and 63-32 after Reid’s steal and basket with 5:50 left in the game.
“He is like that every night. He’s got high energy,” Panthers coach Bart Lundy said of Reid, who is averaging 24.7 points per game through three games.
“Our team bounced back from a tough game.”
Kraig Peters and Nesho Milosevic each scored 13 points for NJIT (0-3), which is in its second season in Division I. The Highlanders from Newark lost 88-47 to host Washington in the first round of the tournament Tuesday and 70-28 Saturday in their opener at home against Manhattan.
“This is a great tournament and a great learning experience for us,” said Wendell Alexis, NJIT’s interim coach while Jim Casciano is on indefinite leave for health reasons. “This is going to help us in the long run.”