The Cardinal plays its best game of the year — heck, maybe its best game in four seasons under Johnny Dawkins — to advance to NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden . . .
– Stanford 84, Nevada 56: The Cardinal (24-11) shot 65 percent in the first half and led by as many as 32 points in an NIT quarterfinal game. Josh Owens and Chasson Randle scored 15 points apiece and Stanford set a school record with its 17th home win of the season. The Cardinal will play Massachusetts (25-11) in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday, with the winner facing the Washington-Minnesota winner a week from Thursday. Note: Dawkins, mentioned in a Chicago Tribune story as a possible candidate for the vacant Illinois job, said after the game he has not been contacted by the school.
– Washington State 72, Oregon State 55: In the CBI semifinals at Corvallis, Ore., Abe Lodwick had career highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Cougars (18-16) overcame the loss of star forward Brock Motum, who suffered a right ankle injury 2 minutes into the game and did not return. Reggie Moore added a season-high 22 points for WSU, which will host Pittsburgh on Monday in opening game of the best-of-three championship series. The Beavers (21-15) got 13 points from San Leandro HS grad Jared Cunningham, who must decide whether to return for his senior season or enter the NBA draft.