Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Stanford won the second NIT title of his career, edging Miami 66-64 on Thursday.
Jabari Bird scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime, when Cal (21-14) had to overcome a seven-point deficit. Justin Cobbs had 18 points and David Kravish 12.
Jabari Bird scored 19 points, David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds and California beat Arkansas 75-64 on Monday night to advance to the third round of the NIT.
Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes and Saint Mary’s stormed back from 10 points down in the second half to beat Utah 70-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT.
Cal Poly, the winner of the Big West conference title despite a 13-19 record, won a play-in spot in the NCAA tournament and will face Texas Southern Tuesday.
Dwight Powell had 12 points and 15 rebounds to help Stanford beat Stephen F Austin 58-57 Tuesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The third-seeded Cardinal (26-11) won their second NIT title, the first coming in 1991.
Third-seeded Stanford (25-11) will meet No. 6 seed Minnesota in the championship game Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Owens and Chasson Randle each scored 15 points to help Stanford beat Nevada 84-56 on Wednesday night, earning the Cardinal a spot in the NIT semifinals.
Chasson Randle hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in overtime to put Stanford ahead to stay in a 92-88 win over Illinois State on Monday night in the NIT.