John Ford made a free throw with 23 seconds left last night as Colorado State hung on to beat No. 18 UCLA, 55-54, to advance to the championship game of the Pearl Harbor Invitational in Laie, Hawaii.
The Rams will face South Florida or San Jose State in tonight's final.
The Rams (6-3) appeared to have the game in hand when John Sivesind hit a three-pointer with 4 minutes 10 seconds left to make it 52-42.
UCLA (5-2) went on a 12-2 run, tying the game at 54 on a three-pointer by Ray Young. During the Bruins' rally, Dan Gadzuric had four points and four of his 17 rebounds.
Prior to Ford's shot, UCLA had a chance to take the lead, but Jason Kapono missed a left-handed hook from 10 feet. The freshman also had a chance to win the game with time running out, but his shot from the corner bounced off the rim.
UTAH 79, TEXAS 73: Hanno Mottola scored a career-high 32 points, including a crucial three-pointer late in the game, as the Utes upset the No. 14 Longhorns in Salt Lake City.
The Longhorns (6-3) closed to 65-62 on Chris Mihm's jumper, but Mottola answered with a three-pointer with 1:55 to play. Mottola, playing in his second game after preseason knee surgery, also grabbed 10 rebounds for Utah (8-2).
OHIO STATE 64, TOLEDO 61: Scoonie Penn hit four free throws in the final two minutes and sealed the win with a late steal as the No. 16 Buckeyes came back to win in Columbus, Ohio.
The Rockets (6-5), who stunned Ohio State's Final Four team last season at home, led most of the way and had chances to tie or win the game in the final minute. Penn's pair of free throws with 1 minute 57 seconds left capped an 11-2 run that gave the Buckeyes (6-2) a 62-56 lead. But Chad Kamstra hit Toledo's 12th and final three-pointer 15 seconds later.
After Michael Redd, who scored 17 points for the Buckeyes, had his shot in the lane blocked by Greg Stempin with 1 minute 6 seconds left, Justin Hall scored on a drive through traffic at the other end to cut it to 62-61 with 41 seconds remaining.
TULANE 73, N.C. STATE 62: In New Orleans, Dylan Osean scored a season-high 22 points, including several momentum-shifting shots, as the Green Wave (8-1) handed the No. 25 Wolfpack (7-1) its first loss of the season.
CINCINNATI 72, OKLAHOMA 57: Kenyon Martin, slowed by foul trouble in the first half, finished with 23 points as the visiting No. 4 Bearcats rebounded from their first loss of the season. Cincinnati (9-1), which lost 66-64 to Xavier on Saturday night, handed the Sooners (9-1) their first defeat.
KANSAS 82, PRINCETON 67: Nick Bradford scored a season-high 17 points and Ashante Johnson added a career-high 16 to lead the No. 12 Jayhawks at home. Kansas (9-2) outrebounded the Tigers 24-5 in the first half and finished the game with a 41-18 advantage to end Princeton's five-game winning streak.
TENNESSEE 87, S. ILLINOIS 74: Vincent Yarbrough and Tony Harris each had 21 points to lead the No. 11 Volunteers (11-0) in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.
AUBURN 87, PEPPERDINE 76: Chris Porter scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and Mamadou N'Diaye added 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 7 Tigers (10-1) in the final of the San Juan Shootout.
SYRACUSE 68, LA SALLE 52: Ryan Blackwell had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jason Hart added 19 points as the No. 9 Orangemen (8-0) won at home.
TEMPLE 66, PENN STATE 51: Kevin Lyde scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds, and Lynn Greer added 12 points to lead the No. 19 Owls (5-2) in Philadelphia.