PROVO — Chase Fischer scored 12 of his 24 points in the final six minutes, and BYU held on to beat Virginia Tech 80-77 Friday night in the second round of the NIT.
The second-seeded Cougars (25-10) will host the winner of Saturday's game between No. 8 seed Wagner and No. 4 seed Creighton in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The quarterfinal winner advances to play at Madison Square Garden in New York.
BYU's Kyle Collinsworth added 18 points and 10 assists for his 15th double-double of the season. The do-everything guard knocked down 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Seth Allen scored 22 points to lead No. 3 seed Virginia Tech (20-15). Zach LeDay had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Justin Bibbs split a pair of free throws to pull Virginia Tech to 77-75 with 2:10 remaining, but the Hokies missed three shots and committed two turnovers on their next five possessions.
Bibbs made a 3-pointer and the Hokies had their last lead, 73-71. Fischer scored the Cougars' last 12 points, including a pair of two free throws to make it 80-75 with four seconds left.
Bountiful’s Zac Seljaas added 11 points off the bench for BYU, shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from deep and 3-of-3 from the floor and the free-throw line.
Virginia Tech outrebounded the Cougars 45-34, including a 15-9 advantage on the offensive glass. But the Cougars forced 14 turnovers and only committed eight.
If BYU advances to the NIT semifinals, it would be the second time in as many appearances in the secondary tournament. When coach Dave Rose missed the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in his BYU tenure in 2013, the Cougars advanced to the NIT semifinals before falling to Baylor.
Standard-Examiner reporter Brett Hein contributed to this story.