Josh Owens made his first nine shots from the field and finished with 21 points to lead Stanford to an 82-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
Owens, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, was 10 of 12 from the field as
the Cardinal had their best game of the season from beyond the
3-point line. Stanford (5-0) will play the winner of the game
between No. 5 Syracuse and Virginia Tech for the championship on
Chasson Randle added 17 points and Aaron Bright had 15 for the
Cardinal, who took control with an 18-0 run that spanned both
Stanford scored the last six points of the first half to take a
46-35 lead and the Cardinal opened the second half on a 12-0 run.
They hit four of their nine 3-pointers during the spurt.
Le'Bryan Nash had 16 points and Markel Brown added 11 for the
Cowboys (3-1), who had their four-game winning streak at Madison
Square Garden snapped.
This was Oklahoma State's first game since women's basketball
coach Kurt Budke and his assistant, Miranda Serna, were killed
along with two others in a plane crash last week. The players all
had the number 4 on the left shoulder of their uniforms.
Stanford came into the game shooting 32.8 percent from 3-point
range and the most 3s the Cardinal had in one game was seven
against UC Davis. The Cardinal were 5 of 10 from long range in the
first half, with Bright going 3 for 5. Randle matched his effort in
the second half and Stanford was 9 of 19 from beyond the arc in the
It was another solid defensive effort by the Cardinal, who
hadn't allowed an opponent to reach 60 points in their first four
Stanford's lead reached as much as 28 points, the last time at
74-46 on a basket by Randle with 7:46 to play.
Oklahoma State, which won this tournament in 1991, is 18-10 at
Madison Square Garden.