NEW YORK – Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and shorthanded Miami rallied to beat top-seeded Temple 60-57 on Tuesday to reach the NIT championship game.
Already without point guard Angel Rodriguez (wrist), the Hurricanes lost center Tonye Jekiri to a concussion early and trailed by 11 late in the first half.
But after missing six of his first eight shots, McClellan hit two threes in a row with about eight minutes left to put Miami in front for good.
The Owls' Quenton DeCosey was off on a potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Miami will face Stanford on Thursday for the NIT title.
Stanford 67, Old Dominion 60: Chasson Randle had 24 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer and carry the Cardinal (23-13) to a victory over the Monarchs (27-8) in the second NIT semifinal game.
Stanford blew a 21-point first-half lead but rallied behind its senior star, who played through foul trouble to make a string of big second-half shots.
• Former Texas coach Rick Barnes was introduced as Tennessee's new coach in Knoxville. "It was something I truly wanted to see happen," he said.
• Chris Mullin is coming home to St. John's. The Red Storm confirmed its career scoring leader is returning as coach.
• LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, will enter the NBA draft.