The 6-seed Minnesota Golden Gophers advanced to the finals of the 2012 NIT Tournament with a 68-67 win over the 1-seed Washington Huskies in overtime Tuesday night. The Gophers led by as many as 15 points late in the first half, but the Huskies was able to chip away at that lead to force overtime. Neither team led by more than three points in OT.
The Huskies played well defensively, forcing 18 turnovers. They attempted 12 more field goals for the game, but shot just 36.6 percent from the field. The Gophers made 44.1 percent of theirs shots, led by Andre Hollins' 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Rodney Williams was the team's leading scorer in the first half, and finished the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Washington's Terrence Ross led all scorers with 21 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Tony Wroten struggled mightily, however, scoring just nine points on 4-for-16 from the field. With the win, the Gophers will tip-off against the Stanford Cardinal in the NIT Championship Game on Thursday.