CLEMSON, S.C. --
Jaime Echenique scored a game-high 18 points, and sixth-seeded Wichita State held off No. 2 Clemson, 63-55, Sunday afternoon to advance to the NIT quarterfinals. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
WSU (21-14) plays at No. 1 seed Indiana on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Shockers never trailed but the Tigers were able to trim a 13-point lead to three in the final minute.
Samajae Haynes-Jones, who already had two buzzer-beating makes this season, delivered the biggest shot of the game -- a step-back three with 30 seconds to play that extended a 58-55 lead to 61-55.
Echenique hit 7-of-8 shots, including 2-of-3 from distance, and added three steals.
Haynes-Jones recorded his second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The latter matched his career-high.
Markis McDuffie supplied 16 points – three of them on free throws – in 38 minutes to break a pair a long-standing marks. His 153 free throws are the most by a Shocker under modern free throw rules (1972-present). He also broke Randy Smithson’s season mark for total minutes, set during the 1980-81 season. McDuffie has played in 1,125 minutes this year (an average of just over 33 minutes per contest).
McDuffie also moved into third on WSU’s single-season scoring list (639 points). Only Xavier McDaniel (844 in 1984-85) and Dave Stallworth (769 in 1964-65) have scored more in a season.
Freshman Dexter Dennis scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds while playing effective defense on Clemson leading scorer Marcquise Reed.
Reed scored a team-high 18 points for Clemson (20-14) but needed 20 shots. He was 5-of-20 (0-for-5 from deep) but knocked down 8-of-10 free throws.
The Shockers committed 17 turnovers but outrebounded the Tigers, 38-34, and held them to just 28.3 percent from the field.
WSU will play in its fourth NIT Quarterfinal on Tuesday. It’s just the second quarterfinal appearance for a Shocker team since 1979 when the bracket expanded to 32 teams.
The Shockers will try to become just the sixth team to reach New York by winning three road games. No NIT team has ever swept the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds to reach MSG.
WSU has won seven-straight NIT games – tied for the eighth-longest streak in NIT history.
Wichita State has won 13 of its last 16 since starting the year 8-11. The Shockers are 6-7 this year in true road games with wins in six of their last seven.