PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Stanford proved the Preseason NIT committee right with a 63-62 upset of 11th-ranked Xavier.
Julius Barnes scored 14 points, including two free throws with 27 seconds remaining, as the Cardinal ran out the clock and advanced to the semifinals next week at Madison Square Garden in New York. They will play the winner of Thursday's second-round encounter between Eastern Illinois and No. 7 Florida.
Xavier returns two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year David West while Stanford is unranked, lost three starters from last season's team and has just one player back who scored in double figures.
But the Preseason NIT decided in June to give the Cardinal a home game since the Pac-10 Conference was rated higher than the Atlantic 10.
Josh Childress also had 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Stanford (2-0), which has won 16 straight non-conference contests at Maples Pavilion since losing to Connecticut on February 6, 1999.
Lionel Chalmers scored 20 points and West had 19 and eight rebounds for Xavier (1-1), which fell to 2-2 all-time in the Preseason NIT.
Barnes made two free throws with 7:17 left to snap a 53-53 tie and put Stanford ahead for good.
Chalmers' jumper pulled Xavier within 61-60 with 1:17 to go, but Barnes sank two more free throws with 29 seconds left. Chalmers made another basket seven seconds later, but Stanford ran out the clock to win its first meeting with the Musketeers.
The Cardinal took a 43-33 lead on Rob Little's free throw just over a minute into the second half, but Xavier responded with an 18-7 run over the next 12 minutes.
Justin Davis contributed eight points and nine rebounds for Stanford, which shot 55 percent (17-of-31) from the field in the first half and 41 percent (23-of-57) for the game.
Romain Sato collected 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Musketeers shot 40 percent (18-of-45), including 6-of-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range. They were outrebounded, 37-28.