Posted: Mar 29, 2011 9:41 PM by Lee Douglas
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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