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Huskies advance to NIT semifinals

Tue., March 20, 2012, 8:42 p.m.

Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Tony Wroten added 22 points and Washington advanced to the semifinals of the NIT, holding off a late rally from Pac-12 rival Oregon for a 90-86 win on Tuesday night at Seattle.

Washington will make its second visit to Madison Square Garden this season after playing two games in New York back in December against Marquette and Duke. The Huskies will face the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State on March 27.

Washington (24-10) turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 10-point lead with 7:22 left after C.J. Wilcox hit an open 3-pointer from the wing. Wilcox’s 3 capped a stretch of 18 straight points for the Huskies scored by Wilcox, Wroten or Ross. Oregon cut the deficit to 84-82 with 42 seconds left, but Wilcox hit six free throws to clinch the victory.

Olu Ashaolu led Oregon (24-10) with 20 points and E.J. Singler added 19.

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