NEW YORK (AP) - JaMychal Green scored 22 points, Trevor Releford
scored the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds, and top-seeded
Alabama withstood a late rally to beat Colorado 62-61 in the NIT
semifinals Tuesday night.
Releford finished with 13 points for the Crimson Tide (25-11),
who advanced to play Wichita State on Thursday night for the title.
The Shockers beat Washington State 75-44 in the other semifinal
game at Madison Square Garden.
Alabama trailed 61-60 with 12 seconds left when Releford slipped
by Marcus Relphorde along the baseline and scored the go-ahead
basket. After a timeout, Colorado got the ball into the hands of
star sophomore Alec Burks, whose off-balanced shot at the buzzer
clanked off the rim.
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