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March 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Aaron Bright leads Stanford in NIT win; WSU and OSU meet in CBI semis

There’s no Pac-12 teams in the NCAA tournament, but the conference is thriving in the lower-tier tourneys.
Three Pac-12 teams are among the eight playing in the NIT quarterfinals and two advanced to the CBI semifinals. Arizona is the only team that didn’t play in the NCAAs who suffered a defeat.
Monday night the Pac-12 posted a perfect 3-0 record. Here’s a recap of the action.
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT:
No. 3 Stanford 92, No. 7 Illinois State 88 OT —
Former Bellevue High star Aaron Bright drained six threes and scored a career-high 29 points off the bench to lead the Cardinal (23-11) to Wednesday’s quarterfinals where they’ll host No. 5 Nevada (28-6). Freshman guard Chasson Randle added 19 points and Dwight Powell added 18 as a reserve. Stanford trailed by 11 in the second half and used a 12-2 run to force overtime.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL:
Washington State 61, Wyoming 41 —
Brock Motum (25 points) and Abe Lodwick (16) powered the Cougars offensively and it was just about all they needed against the Cowboys, which shot 35.6 percent from the field, including 2 of 16 on threes. The 41 points was the second lowest this season for a WSU opponent. Only 3,019 were in attendance at Beasley Coliseum. WSU (17-16) plays Oregon State (21-14) for the fourth time this season in the CBI quarterfinals in Corvallis, Ore. The Cougars swept the post-season series, but lost to the Beavers in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Oregon State 101, TCU 81 — These could be the final games for Jared Cunningham and if the junior guard opts for the NBA, then he’s giving OSU fans a nice going-away gift. He poured in 27 points on 10-for-12 shooting last night as the Beavers overwhelmed the Horned Frogs. Cunningham told the Gazette-Times: “They gave us the 3-point shots and we shot them. Once they played up on us we went back door and got some people some layups and just went past them.” Angus Brandt tallied a career-high 22 on 7-of-10 shooting and Devon Collier added 19 on 9-of-10 shooting. OSU matched its season-high point total in a non-overtime game and came within a point of tying the CBI record for most points in a game. Coach Craig Robinson on facing WSU again: “That’s going to be a tough game. It’s hard to play guys four times. (WSU) knows exactly what we do. Their staff does a great job. There won’t be any surprises. It’s going to be a grind-it-out game.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Here’s our advance on tonight’s big game between Washington and Oregon.
— And here’s the preview stories in the Everett Herald, News Tribune and Register-Guard.
— Arizona’s 2012-13 schedule looks pretty soft right now, but the Wildcats have five open dates to fill.
— Arizona State lost another player. This time it’s sophomore forward Kyle Cain. Sophomore Chanse Creekmur left the program two weeks ago. Eleven scholarship players have left ASU in the past four years.
— Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is hoping for better results next season, but really it can’t get any worse than it was this season when the Utes finished 6-25. Utah aims to rebound with a pair of Seattle-area high school stars who had to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Guards Aaron Dotson (from LSU) and Glen Dean (from Eastern Washington) are expected to compete for starting spots next season.
— And finally, here’s a poll (below) about Washington on the Times sports page.

What do the Huskies men have to do in the NIT to have a successful basketball season?

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