Anthony Brown scored 18 points, including a critical 3-pointer during Stanford’s late 11-3 run, and the Cardinal held off Massachusetts
74-64 in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The third-seeded Cardinal (25-11) will face Minnesota on Thursday for the NIT championship.
Stanford is seeking its second NIT title in school history after winning in 1991.
Fifth-seeded UMass (25-12) took its first lead since early in the first half with eight minutes remaining when Freddie Riley’s 3-pointer made it 50-49.
Brown capped Stanford’s 11-3 run with a 3-pointer with 2:51 left, putting the Cardinal up 63-55. UMass cut the lead to six with a minute left before Stanford made four of its final six free throws.
Josh Owens had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford, which improved to 11-4 all-time in NIT games. Aaron Bright added
13 points and Chasson Randle had 12 points and seven boards.
UMass, which won three straight road games to reach the semifinals, was led by Chaz Williams’ 19 points. Riley added 10 off the bench for the Minutemen.
NOTES: Both teams shot well below 40 percent from the field and committed a combined 29 turnovers. ... Stanford improved to 21-6 when leading at halftime. ... New York Giants wide receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz sat courtside.