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Wichita State Vs. Washington State, NIT Tournament Update: Wichita St Powers Its Way To NIT Final

Wichita State earns a spot in Thursday's NIT Championship game by defeating Washington State by the score of 75-44. The Shockers set a school record in the process capturing their 28th win of the season. 

Wichita State took a control early leading 36-19, and didn't let up in the second half. The game was just a struggle for Washington offensively the entire game as they on could muster 29% shooting from the floor in the game. To say Wichita State had their way would be an understatement. Consider the Shockers out rebounded Washington State by a 51-21 count including 17-5 on the offensive glass. 

Garrett Stutz led the Shockers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Toure' Murry added 13 while Gabe Blair tossed in 10. DeAngelo Casto and Reggie Moore each tossed in nine points for the Cougars.

Wichita State advances to the finals where they will take on the winner of tonight's match up between Alabama and Colorado. 

2011 NIT Tournament Final Four schedule:

Wichita St. Shockers def. Washington State, 75-44

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Colorado Buffaloes, March 29 at 9 pm, ESPN2

Championship Game, March 31 at 7 pm ET, ESPN2

For more on the NIT: Bama fans should visit Roll Bama Roll, Colorado fans should head toRalphie Report and SB Nation Denver, Washington State fans are off to Coug Center and SB Nation Seattle, and our mid-major friends should visit Mid Major Madness.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.