Stanford edges Miami for title
NEW YORK - Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, giving Stanford and Randle their second NIT title in four years with a 66-64 victory over Miami on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Sheldon McClellan's double-pumping three-point attempt at the buzzer that would have won it wasn't close to going in.
The shorthanded Hurricanes had rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to force the extra period and led 64-61 with under than a minute left. But Randle twice got to the line, making four consecutive free throws for the victory.
The senior, who became the Cardinal's all-time leading scorer in Tuesday's semifinals, finished with 25 points to end his career with 2,375 points.
McClellan led Miami with 17 points.
The experimental 30-second shot clock being used in the NIT proved critical after Randle's free throws pulled Stanford to within 64-63 with 38.9 seconds left. With the regular 35-second clock, the Cardinal (24-13) probably would have needed to foul. Instead, they played defense, and Deandre Burnett of Miami (25-13) missed a three-point attempt that might have clinched it.
McClellan shot just 5-for-16 from the field with Anthony Brown on him.
As a freshman Randle scored 15 points when Stanford beat the Gophers 75-51 in the NIT championship game in 2012.