INDIANAPOLIS — Al-Amir Dawes scored 20 points, Dre Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in a return to his hometown, and No. 1 seed Seton Hall routed fourth-seeded Georgia 84-67 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT championship game for the first time since winning it in 1953.

Seton Hall (24-12) will battle Indiana State (32-6) on Thursday in front of the Sycamores’ home-state crowd.

Kadary Richmond added 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals for Seton Hall.

Jaden Bediako had 14 points and seven boards, and Jaquan Sanders scored 11.

Silas Demary Jr. finished with 19 points, four assists and two blocks for the Bulldogs (20-17).

Noah Thomasson added 10 points and RJ Melendez had nine.

Seton Hall started the game on an 18-3 run and led by at least nine points the rest of the way.

Seton Hall’s largest lead reached 24, 62-38, with 13:22 left in the second half.

Seton Hall, which has won four straight games against SEC opponents, is playing in the month of April for the first time since its NCAA national championship game appearance against Michigan in 1989.

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