MORAGA, Calif. — The Utah Utes are headed to New York City.
In an overtime contest that was close throughout, the No. 2-seeded Utes topped the No. 1-seeded Saint Mary’s Gaels 67-58 Wednesday night on the road in the NIT quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Turning point: With the game tied at 57 and 2:11 remaining, Utah closed on a 10-1 run thanks to Sedrick Barefield and Gabe Bealer.
The hero: Barefield made two 3-pointers in the final 2:11, three total in overtime and five for the game to finish with a game-high 19 points.
• Utah won the overtime session 13-4.
• Saint Mary’s star Jock Landale went scoreless in overtime and didn’t score over the final 6:41 of the game.
• The Utes finished 12 of 27 from beyond the arc while Saint Mary’s went just 7 of 22.
Utes almanac: 22-11, Won 3
Next up: vs. Western Kentucky, Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m. MT in New York City