Tuesday's NIT Capsules
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman guard Andre Hollins scored 20 points, including five in overtime, and short-handed Minnesota beat Washington 68-67 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT title game.
With the shot clock winding down and the Golden Gophers clinging to a one-point lead in the final minute, Hollins banked in an off-balance shot to put Minnesota up 68-65.
The top-seeded Huskies (24-11), who trailed by 15 late in the first half, sent the game to overtime when C.J. Wilcox stole the ball and drove for the tying layup with 16.3 seconds left.
Wilcox had a good look at a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime, but the ball bounced off the rim. Darnell Gant put back the miss to pull Washington within a point, but after Julian Welch missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining, Abdul Gaddy’s desperation shot from beyond midcourt fell well short.
The sixth-seeded Golden Gophers (23-14) will face No. 3 seed Stanford in the championship game Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
STANFORD 74, UMASS 64
Anthony Brown scored a season-high 18 points and Josh Owens had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Stanford advance to the NIT championship game with a win over Massachusetts.
The Minutemen took their first lead since early in the game with about 8 minutes left, but Brown hit a 3-pointer to push the Cardinal (25-11) back on top, then later scored seven points during an 11-3 run that put Stanford in control.
Brooklyn native Chaz Williams led fifth-seeded UMass (25-12) with 19 points.