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Vols top 'Nova for NIT title

| November 27, 2010 8:00 PM

Scotty Hopson scored 18 points to lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 78-68 victory over No. 7 Villanova on Friday in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Senior point guard Melvin Goins was the key late for the Volunteers (5-0), scoring seven of his nine points and coming up with two big steals in the final 2:17.

He also did an outstanding defensive job on Corey Fisher of the Wildcats (5-1), who finished with three points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field. Fisher only made it to the line once, going 1 of 2.

No. 3 Ohio State 66, Miami (Ohio) 45: At Columbus, Ohio, David Lighty scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, leading the Buckeyes (5-0) past the RedHawks (2-4).

No. 4 Kansas State 84, Texas Southern 60: At Manhattan, Kan., Jacob Pullen had 16 points and seven assists to lead Kansas State (5-1) past Texas Southern (1-5).

No. 6 Kansas 98, Ohio 41: At Las Vegas, Marcus Morris scored 26 points and had eight rebounds to lead Kansas (5-0) past Ohio (3-2) in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

No. 9 Syracuse 53, Michigan 50: At Atlantic City, N.J., Kris Joseph scored 22 points and Syracuse (5-0) beat Michigan (3-1) to advance to the Legends Classic championship game.

No. 10 Purdue 79, Southern Illinois 60: At Hoffman Estates, Ill., E'Twaun Moore scored 31 points and Purdue (5-0) reached the finals of the Chicago Invitational Challenge with a victory over Southern Illinois (2-3).

San Diego State 88, San Diego Christian 69: At San Diego, Kawhi Leonard and Chase Tapley scored 14 points apiece and San Diego State (6-0) breezed past San Diego Christian (3-5).

No. 21 Temple 65, Georgia 58: At Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Scootie Randall had 18 points and Temple (3-1) beat Georgia (3-2) in the second round of the Old Spice Classic.

No. 23 BYU 77, South Florida 75, 2OT: At South Padre Island, Texas, Noah Hartsock made the game-winning shot as time expired in double overtime, lifting BYU (7-0) past South Florida (3-3) in the third round of the South Padre Invitational.

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