Washington 73, Boise St. 68
SEATTLE (AP) _ Senior guard Greg Hill scored 18 of the last 22 points for the Washington Huskies, who held off Boise State 73-68 in a second-round National Invitation Tournament basketball game Monday night.
Hill scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to send Washington, 20-14, into the NIT’s third round.
He made two 3-pointers and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. He took over after center Chris Welp and forward Kevin Vidato scored four points apiece in an 8-2 Husky run that opened the second half and gave Washington a 35-32 lead.
Boise State stayed in the game despite getting into foul trouble early in the second half. The Broncos got three 3-point shots from all-Big Sky Conference guard Chris Childs in the last 14 minutes.
In the last 25 seconds, Childs had a 3-point attempt blocked by Eldridge Recasner and then traveled during Boise State’s last possession.
Childs finished with 21 points while Eric Hayes had 11 and Greg Dodd had 10.
Welp scored 14 and forward Phil Zevenbergen 16, 15 of them in the first half.
Boise State ended the season at 22-8.
The NIT will announce Washington’s next opponent following Tuesday night’s game between California and Oregon State at Corvallis, Ore.
Boise State took a 28-23 lead on Hayes’ 10-foot jumper with 1:26 left in the first half. Al Moscatel and Recasner hit two free throws apiece for Washington, then the Broncos’ Jeff Kelley had a stuff with 13 seconds left to take a 30-27 lead at halftime.