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New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Johnson had 20 points and fourth- ranked Arizona rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat Drexel, 66-62, in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Kaleb Tarczewski added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon totaled 10 points and 13 boards for the Wildcats (6-0), who will play No. 6 Duke in the title game Friday. T.J. McConnell also had 11 points. Chris Fouch scored 29 and Frantz Massenat added 17 points for the Dragons (3-2), who scored the games first nine points and led 27-8 before the Wildcats rallied late in the first half. Drexel junior guard Damion Lee, who came into the game the teams second-leading scorer, was helped off the court midway through the second half with an apparent right knee injury. Arizona had 10 turnovers in the first half and shot 6-of-23 from the field. Fouch had 16 first-half points, but poor shooting from the Dragons prevented them from widening their lead. The Dragons, who will tangle with Alabama Friday in the consolation game, were up 41-38 with under 12 minutes left, but Massenat appeared to turn his left ankle after driving in for a layup. He came back into the game a short time later. Lee was hurt after landing awkwardly on his follow-through of a jump shot. He remained on the court wincing in pain and holding his right knee until being helped to the locker room with 10:15 remaining. Despite the injuries, the Dragons went ahead 45-44 with just over eight minutes left on a Fouch jumper. A dunk from Tarczewski and a 3-pointer from Johnson gave the Wildcats a 49-45 lead. They widened the margin to 59-49 following a 3-pointer from McConnell with under two minutes left, and Arizona sank enough free throws down the stretch. Arizona had five turnovers before five minutes expired in the game. The Dragons took advantage, and two free throws from Fouch capped the opening 9-0 burst. His 3-pointer made it 27-8 with nearly seven minutes left in the half. The Wildcats scored the next 11 points and were within 29-20 at the half. "We shared the ball a lot more in the second half," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "And I hope that playing together is always the right recipe, because part of why we had 20 at the half, and 46 the second half, is we were much more willing to share the ball and pass it." Game Notes: Arizona improved to 21-2 all-time in the NIT Season Tip-Off, including an 8-1 mark at Madison Square Garden ... Both teams shot under 38 percent ... Rodney Williams had four blocks for Drexel .. Lee will sit out the consolation game Friday and will be reevaluated by a doctor. Hayden Hurst Ravens Jersey. Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says thats the finding from an autopsy conducted Thursday by the county Medical Examiners Office. Baltimore Ravens Jerseys. The All-Pro left tackle agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday. 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"It will be a lot of fun," Collins said. "I have some family and friends coming to the game. Im looking forward to seeing them and obviously the first home game." He has played hundreds in a Nets uniform, though it was a white, red and blue one, and the home games were in New Jersey. Plenty of fans and employees of the organization remain from when Collins played there from 2001-08, so he will likely be greeted by a loud ovation if he gets into the game. "Ive always said Im not worried about the reaction," said Nets coach Jason Kidd, who played with Collins when the franchise reached consecutive NBA Finals in 2003-03. "I think they will always support a Net. Hes been a Net before. I think theyll be excited to have him, but the big thing is him being able to help us defensively." Collins and the Nets have kept the focus as much on basketball as possible. They all view him as a big man who will willingly defend and foul -- he has racked up 10 of them already in four games -- who can help pass along 12 years of NBA experience to younger teammates such as Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche. The fact that hes gay makes him much more than that outside the Nets locker room, but he thinks that story line will die down soon enough. "Theres only so many ways you can write the story, or tell the story, and then it will just be about basketball," he said during the middle of last week. Collins thought it had already reached that point, mistakenly believing that Saturdays victory in Milwaukee would be the first time reporters didnt want to talk to him after the game. Not quite yet. Collins may just be a 14th man on the roster to the Netts, but hes still far more than that to the fans he inspired from the moment he decided to come out in a Sports Illustrated article last April.dddddddddddd "I think it is a big deal. Hes showing a lot of courage. Youre talking to a guy who was around when Jackie Robinson came in. Whats the difference? Its just as groundbreaking. I just hope hes judged as a basketball player," said Butch Pye, 69, of Castle Rock, Colo., who attended the Nets victory in Denver on Thursday. Collins debut is currently his only guaranteed home game. Hes nearing the end of the 10-day contract he signed on Feb. 23 before facing the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA rules allow teams to sign players to two 10-day deals, then have to sign them for the rest of the year if they want to keep them. There are plenty of reasons to retain Collins. He has brought plenty of positive attention and is making an impact in the gay and lesbian community, with the NBA pledging to donate at least $100,000 from sales of his No. 98 jersey to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. But those having nothing to do with basketball, and the Nets stressed in the press release announcing Collins signing that the move was a basketball decision. He can still do enough to make it a wise one, even with just one basket so far. With Brook Lopez lost for the season and Kevin Garnetts minutes being monitored, Kidd needs a big man he trusts to fill in for a few minutes. And a guy like Collins can help even when hes not in the game. He has defended Shaquille ONeal and Tim Duncan in the NBA Finals, so knows what it takes to guard even the biggest stars, even if hes rarely the one doing it. "When I was a younger guy, I learned from Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning. Its a cycle," Collins said. "Now that Im that old man at the end of the bench, that veteran, even though I may not be playing minutes, there definitely are ways I can help the team win." Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '