Minnesota and Stanford face off in the NIT title game Thursday after the Gophers pulled out a semifinal victory over Washington 68-67 in overtime Tuesday night.
Minnesota freshman point guard Andre Hollins scored 20 points.
"We want the ball in his hands because he's making very good decisions with it," Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith said.
With the shot clock winding down and Minnesota clinging to a one-point lead in the final minute, Hollins banked in an off-balance shot to put Minnesota up 68-65.
Talib Zanna scored 14 points as host Pittsburgh defeated Washington State 57-53 Wednesday night to tie the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series at one game each.
The Panthers (21-17) and Cougars (19-17) play Friday in Pittsburgh for the title.
Reggie Moore, who scored 16 of his game-high 18 points for the Cougars in the second half, tied the game at 49 with two free throws with 1:41 left in the game.
Lamar Patterson answered right away with a jumper and Pitt reclaimed the lead. Patterson scored 12 for Pitt.
Another player leaves Mississippi State
Turmoil continued at Mississippi State as Arnett Moultrie said he intends to skip his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 forward from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds last season.
Teammates Renardo Sidney and DeVille Smith had previously decided to leave the program. Both played significant roles.
Butler player hired to coach at high school
Butler guard Ronald Nored was hired as head coach at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, just one week after acknowledging his playing days were over following a season-ending loss to Pittsburgh. Brownsburg is the alma mater of Nored's former Butler teammate, Gordon Hayward.
Nored was a second-team academic All-American this season and a two-time Horizon League defensive player of the year.
Women's coaching changes
■ Illinois has named University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Matt Bollant as its new women's coach. Wisconsin-Green Bay was 31-2 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. Bollant was 148-19 in five seasons at Green Bay. Bollant, 41, replaces Jolette Law, who was fired at the end of the season after going 69-93 in five seasons.
■ Bowling Green's Curt Miller was named women's coach at Indiana, replacing Felisha Legette-Jack, who was fired a little more than two weeks ago after going 6-24 and failing to make the postseason for the third straight year. Miller was 258-92 in 11 years at Bowling Green and was named the Mid-American Conference's coach of the year a record six times and captured regular-season or tournament titles each of the past eight seasons.
■ After winning 636 games in 29 seasons, Nancy Winstel announced her retirement as North Kentucky coach.
"I was very fortunate to work at the school that I attended, and I'm not sure I would have even gone to college if NKU had not been around," Winstel said.
,She led NKU to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships (2000 and 2008) and finished with a record of 636-214. She was named the national coach of the decade by Women's Division II Bulletin in 2009, and her program was also named the best during that decade.