Bound for Big Apple

Northwestern guard Michael Thompson drives under Washington State guard Faisal Aden AP.

WSU has to work OT, but beats Northwestern for spot in NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden

PULLMAN – In the final moments of regulation and throughout overtime, there were a series a gasps by Washington State’s contingent.

The first one signaled their disappointment. The last was followed by jubilation.

Luka Marcotulio’s 3-point attempt at end of overtime was off the mark, and WSU survived Northwestern 69-66 in an NIT quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Beasley Coliseum.

The Cougars punched their ticket to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four next week, where they will face Wichita State on Tuesday. Alabama takes on Colorado in the other semifinal.

In ending the Wildcats’ best season in program history, the Cougars are now on the cusp of of reaching their own goal.

“We just want to go to New York City so bad and end the season on a win,” Klay Thompson said. “It’s really special for Washington State that we put the program in a good position.”

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