Pac-12 Splits NIT Semifinals

The Pac-12 may have seen the last of Terrance Ross, who had a game high 21 points for Washington, but still couldn't lead the Huskies to a win in the NIT semifinals. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Stanford advanced to Thursday's NIT Championship game, which will air on ESPN at 4 PM PDT, but Washington came up a point short in overtime.

The Cardinal (25-11) made 11 of 14 free throws at the end of the game, and pulled away from Massachusetts (25-12) in the late going for a 74-64 win over the Minutemen from the Atlantic 14/10ths, while the Huskies (24-11) trailed Minnesota (23-14) most of the game, but rallied to tie the game at 61-61 on a C.J. Wilcox basket with 19 seconds left to force overtime, only to lose 68-67 when a 3/4 length of the court shot at the buzzer was perfect length wise, but was 2 ball widths wide left, missing everything.

Stanford was led by Anthony Brown,'s 18 points, and the Cardinal also got a 15 point, 12 rebound double double by Josh Owens. The Cardinal also got considerable contributions from their backcourt, 12 points by Chasson Randle, and 13 from Aaron Bright off the bench.

Washington got a game high 21 points from Oregon native Terrance Ross, in what was probably Ross' last collegiate game before heading to the NBA. Both Darnell Gant and Wilcox off the bench added 12 points, but Pac-12 freshman of the year Tony Wroten shot only 25%, finishing with just 9 points, and no assists, possibly ensuring his return next year.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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