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Tuesday, March 19, 1996 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Nit -- Crimson Tide Stands Tall, Tops Missouri By 23

AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Only one of Missouri's towering twins saw action, and he was a non-factor as 6-foot-10 center Roy Rogers led Alabama to a 72-49 victory and into National Invitation Tournament's third round.

Rogers finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks as the Crimson Tide (18-11) advanced to tomorrow's game against South Carolina, with the winner heading to the tournament semifinals in New York.

Missouri's 7-foot center Sammie Haley finished with just two points. His twin brother, 7-1 Simeon Haley, was suspended for the game by coach Norm Stewart. No reason was given.

Other games

Illinois St. 77, at Wisconsin 62 - Maurice Trotter scored 19 points as the Redbirds pulled away from the Badgers. Illinois State will play Tulane tomorrow.

Trotter scored 12 of his points in the second half to help Illinois State (22-11) overcome a 28-point performance by Wisconsin's Sam Okey.

At S. Carolina 80, Vanderbilt 70 - Malik Russell scored 17 points and pulled in eight rebounds as the Gamecocks stopped the Commodores. It was just South Carolina's second postseason victory in five years and extended its home record to 16-1.

South Carolina (19-11) will have a home-court advantage for the NIT's third round tomorrow night against Alabama. The Commodores finished 18-14.

Tulane 84, at Minnesota 65 - Guard Chris Cameron scored nine of his 20 points in a 22-6 rally to start the game as the Wave swamped the Gophers.

Jerald Honeycutt added 16 points for Tulane (20-9), which will meet Illinois State tomorrow night.

Minnesota (19-13) shot 34 percent from the field.

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