BYU uses big 2nd half to clinch spot in NIT semifinals
PROVO, Utah (AP) Freshman Zac Seljaas made 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored 19 points and BYU used a big second half to beat Creighton 88-82 on Tuesday night in the NIT quarterfinals.
The Cougars (26-10) will face Valparaiso (29-6), which beat BYU's fellow West Coast Conference member Saint Mary's, at Madison Square Garden on March 29.
Seljaas nailed an open 3-pointer to give BYU its first double-digit lead at 61-51 with 11:19 left. Then Seljaas and Nick Emery hit 3s on the Cougars next two possessions to cap a 12-1 run for a 67-52 lead.
Kyle Collinsworth missed two free throws with 41.2 seconds left and Cole Huff made a contested layup to cut Creighton's deficit to 82-77. But Emery made 4 of 4 free throws from there to secure it.
Kyle Davis added 18 points for BYU. Emery had 17 and Collinsworth battled through the flu bug to finish with 10.
Geoffrey Groselle led Creighton (20-15) with 22 points. Huff had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Creighton led by as many as 12 points in the first half but made just two of its last 11 field-goal attempts and trailed BYU 38-37 at halftime.