Stanford Cardinal guard Aaron Bright (2) befuddled Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Andre Hollins (1) with his ball handling in the Cardinal's 75-51 win in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Anthony Gruppuso, US PRESSWIRE)
Stanford snared the NIT Championship tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York, with a blowout 75-51 win over Minnesota from the Big-10.
The Cardinal backcourt combination of Chasson Randall and Aaron Bright off the bench was too much for the Gophers, as both scored 15 points. Stanford (26-11) led Minnesota (23-15) 31-25 at halftime, but blew the game open with a 9-0 run to start the second half, and never looked back.
Bright and Randle hit back to back 3 pointers midway in the second half, followed shortly by another Randle 3, that opened the lead to 25 points, and the margin topped out at 30 points on a pair of Bright free throws with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Stanford shot 50% from the field, and 46% on 3 pointers, while the Cardinal defense was throttling Minnesota. The Gophers were anything but Golden, and were held to 37% shooting, and just 3 of 13 on 3 pointers.