Scotty Hopson had 18 points when nobody else seemed able to score, and No. 24 Tennessee rallied behind embattled coach Bruce Pearl to beat Virginia Commonwealth 77-72 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Trae Golden, playing in place of an injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left and Tennessee (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) beat Missouri State 60-56 in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.