CHICAGO -- Art Bernardi scored 18 points, including two free throws in the last seconds, to give Houston Baptist a 62-61 upset over NJIT on Friday in a Great West Conference semifinal.
NJIT was the No. 1 seed. No. 4 seed Houston Baptist (14-16) will play Chicago State for the championship Saturday.
NJIT (16-13) led 30-24 at halftime and until the final seconds. Marcel Smith hit a 3-pointer for Houston Baptist, tying the game at 56 with 3:22 to play. After trading baskets and two ties, Bernardi hit a pair of free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie the game and take the lead.