NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Washington State Survives Northwestern In Overtime, Heads To Semifinals

Washington State will head to New York City for the NIT semifinals, after the Cougars outlasted Northwestern Wednesday night in Pullman, Washington. Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime, including a key jumper in overtime that propelled the Cougars.

For Northwestern, Michael Thompson led the way with 20 points, but the team finished just 10-38 from three point range. Thompson missed two open three pointers down the stretch in overtime, and ultimately, that was the difference. Washington State won, 69-66.

And in the end, Washington State's Thompson, came through with big shots where Northwestern's could not. Next up, Klay's Cougars face Wichita State in Madison Square Garden.

The full schedule for the rest of the tournament is below.

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 2 Washington State, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information and check out our constantly updated printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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