Wednesday's NIT Capsules
Thursday, March 22, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Josh Owens and Chasson Randle each scored 15 points to help Stanford beat Nevada 84-56 on Wednesday night, earning the Cardinal a spot in the NIT semifinals.
Josh Huestis added 12 points for the Cardinal (24-11), who will meet UMass at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Aaron Bright had 10 points for Stanford, which has won 10 more games than it did a year ago.
Malik Story scored 14 points to lead the Wolf Pack (28-7), who had won six of their previous seven games. Deonte Burton added 13 points and Olek Czyz had 11.
The Cardinal, who were ahead 42-27 at the break and led by as many as 32, set a school record with their 17th win at home.
Stanford shot over 53 percent for the game, including 57 percent from long range, and outscored the Wolf Pack 21-5 in points off turnovers.
MINNESOTA 78, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 72
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins each scored 24 points to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a win over Middle Tennessee.
Elliott Eliason added 12 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, while Hollins also had six rebounds and four assists.
Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee (27-7) with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Minnesota (22-14) will face Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. It will mark the Gophers’ first appearance in the NIT semis since 2003.
Minnesota, which also won road games over La Salle and Miami in the tournament, handed Middle Tennessee only its second home loss of the season. The Blue Raiders had won 13 in a row at the Murphy Center since an 87-84 loss in double-overtime to Belmont on Nov. 20.