ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dedrick Basile scored 14 points, including the clinching free throws with five seconds left, and Cal State Bakersfield became the first eight-seed to advance to the final four of the NIT, defeating Texas Arlington 80-76 on Wednesday night.
The Roadrunners (25-9) had squandered most of a 20-point second half lead as Erick Neal hit two quick 3-pointers in the last minute and then made two free throws with 6.7 seconds to go. But Basile calmly made both free throws to send the Roadrunners to New York, where they'll face Georgia Tech in a semifinal game on Tuesday.
Shonn Biggs scored 19 points to lead Bakersfield and Damiyne Durham hit five 3s and scored 18. Before Basile's free throws CSUB went 4 of 8 from the line in the last 1:23.