NEW YORK (AP) -Talor Battle scored 17 points, Andrew Jones had career highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Nittany Lions hung on for dear life after squandering a big lead in a 67-59 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals.
Jamelle Cornley added 15 points and Stanley Pringle had 10 for Penn State (26-11), which set a school record for wins in a season and will play Baylor for the championship Thursday night.
Cheered on by football coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions beat one of their former gridiron rivals at their own game, relentlessly pounding Luke Harangody inside and harassing sharpshooter Kyle McAlarney whenever he touched the ball on the perimeter.
Harangody, a second-team All-American, finished with 17 points to lead the Irish (21-15).
Baylor 76, San Diego State 62
NEW YORK (AP) - Curtis Jerrells scored 25 points and LaceDarius Dunn had 23, leading the once-downtrodden Bears into the championship game.
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The Bears, making their first trip to New York since losing in the third-place game of the 1950 Final Four, will get Notre Dame or Penn State in Thursday night's championship game.
Kyle Spain scored 15 points to lead San Diego State (26-10), which long ago set a school record for wins in a season. The only No. 1 seed remaining won more games in this tournament than it had in its previous nine postseason appearances combined.
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