Tuesday's NIT Capsules
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — JaMychal Green scored 22 points, Trevor Releford scored the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds, and top-seeded Alabama withstood a late rally to beat Colorado 62-61 in the NIT semifinals Tuesday night.
Releford finished with 13 points for the Crimson Tide (25-11), who advanced to play Wichita State on Thursday night for the title. The Shockers beat Washington State 75-44 in the other semifinal game at Madison Square Garden.
Alabama trailed 61-60 with 12 seconds left when Releford slipped by Marcus Relphorde along the baseline and scored the go-ahead basket. After a timeout, Colorado got the ball into the hands of star sophomore Alec Burks, whose off-balanced shot at the buzzer clanked off the rim.
Wichita State 75, Washington State 44
NEW YORK (AP) — Garrett Stutz came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, and Wichita State romped past Washington State in another impressive performance that put the Shockers in the NIT championship game.
Stutz also had 11 rebounds for Wichita State (28-8), which surpassed the 1954 team for the most wins in school history.
The Missouri Valley Conference often gets more than one team into the NCAA tournament, but a down year for the conference meant only Indiana State — the team that beat Wichita State in the league tournament — got in as an automatic qualifier. Wichita State was relegated to the NIT, where it has proven that it certainly belongs among the top 68 teams in the country.
Reggie Moore and DeAngelo Casto scored nine points each to lead Washington State (22-13).