NIT: Utah Defeats Saint Mary’s In OT, Advances To Final Four

NIT: Utah beats Saint Mary's

Utah is headed to New York City.

Despite playing on the road and without senior David Collette in the second half, the Runnin’ Utes took down top-seeded Saint Mary’s with a 67-58 victory in overtime. Utah became the second team — along with Gonzaga — to defeat Saint Mary’s on its home court this season.

Collette, Utah’s second leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, scored just eight points and played 14 minutes due to a back injury. But other players stepped up as Sedrick Barefield and Gabe Bealer knocked down big shots in regulation as the Utes finished regulation on a 10-1 run to force overtime. Utah kept it going in extra time as they outscored the Gaels 13-4 to cruise to victory.

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With the win, the Runnin’ Utes advance to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Final Four at Madison Square Garden. Second-seeded Utah will take on fourth-seeded Western Kentucky on Tuesday.

Utes senior forward Tyler Rawson scored 17 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Barefield scored a team-high 19 points, and both he and Rawson combined to make five 3-pointers apiece.

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