Basketball: Stanford beats Illinois St. in OT

Sophomore guard Aaron Bright scored a career-high 29 points and Stanford (23-11) scored a 92-88 overtime win over Illinois State (21-14) in a second-round NIT game at Maples Pavilion.

Bright shot 9 of 11, including 6 of 7 from the 3-point line. Bright, Dwight Powell (18 points, 9 rebounds) and Josh Huestis (6 points) combined for 53 points off the bench. Freshman Chasson Randle had 19 points as Stanford made 12 of 20 from 3-point range.

Stanford will host Nevada (28-6) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a berth in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden on the line.

Meanwhile . . .

Oregon State and Washington State both win to set up a fourth meeting this season between the Pac-12 rivals — Wednesday in Corvallis, Ore. — in the semifinals of the CBI:

   — Oregon State 101, TCU 81: The Beavers (21-14) won their sixth game in seven as Jared Cunningham scored 27 points, Angus Brandt 22 and Devon Collier 19. The three combined to shoot 26 for 32 from the field and 20 of 23 at the free throw line.

   — Washington State 61, Wyoming 41: Brock Motum scored 25 points and Abe Lodwick scored a career-high 16 points as the Cougars (17-16) advanced to the CBI semifinals. Motum scored at least 15 points for the 17th consecutive game, during which time he’s averaging 21.5 points.

Jeff Faraudo

  • All of these teams have some depth, not surprised they continue to play late into March. Grrrr….

  • Juancho

    I don’t like either school.

    In other news, Cal has gotten it’s second football commit of 2013. Runningback Deion Martin of Bakersfield. An ESPN 150 watchlist player. A real good one. A great get.


    The beauty of it is not only that he is in an area we need to lockdown, but this was his “dream offer” and he committed as soon as he got the offer.

    He also had offers from Oregon, UCLA, and other powers.

  • Mitchie V

    All Pac 12 in the NIT Final?

    Oregon v. Washington tonight. Should be a good one.

  • Will

    If there’s anything that this year taught me, early commitments mean nothing.

  • Juancho

    That’s true Will. The difference with the two guys we have so far, they both grew up Cal fans. Goff is the son of two Cal Bears. Martin is a lifelong Cal fan.

    But you’re right, doesn’t make anything official.

    But it’s better than seeing these guys at this point make the same declarations for a competitor school. Recruiting has changed in that now the great classes are built by the recruits themselves who make a verbal early, then recruit their friends as they go to the various all star camps and competitions. That’s what Kline and Treggs did last year. If not for those two early commits our class would have really been a disaster last year.

    We need early verbals if for no other reason to have Cal soft verbals at the all star events.

    Long story short, top guys give verbals early. So might as well have them say Cal instead of Oregon. Maybe they don’t all stick. But having none of these guys say Cal would surely be worse.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Tosh Lupoi is always in the background.

  • ConcordBear

    OJ Simpson
    Reggie Bush
    OJ Mayo

    Are always in the background

  • Will

    MoreNCS_are_ignored and sanctioned! troll post blocked

    Hi Moren. Staying warm in daddy’s basement? Where’s mommy? Oh, and 26 LOSSES

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Who the hell is Illinois State? I know Indiana State, Illinois and Southern Illinois -all three had good teams once upon a time. Northwestern is in that state and decent.

    Seriously had anyone known about them before they played Stanford?

  • Juancho

    I certainly didn’t.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Robert Rozier
    Marriet Ford
    Robert Rizzo
    Isaac Curtis
    Todd Bozeman
    Jelani Gardner

    are always in the background

  • Will

    MoreNCS_are_ignored and sanctioned! troll post blocked

    Did you finally address the whereabouts of mommy??

  • BlueNGold

    Trash talk is moron’s only stock in trade.