KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Trae Golden, playing in place of an
injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds
left and No. 24 Tennessee beat Missouri State 60-56 in the second
round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Tennessee (3-0) had a seven-point lead with 27.9 seconds left
off a pair of foul shots by Cameron Tatum, but Jermaine Mallett hit
a 3-pointer to make it 57-53 with 19.7 seconds left.
Missouri State's Adam Leonard answered another pair of Tatum
free throws with a 3-point shot to cut the Vols' lead to 58-56 with
8.3 seconds left. Corey Copeland fouled Golden hard, sending him to
the floor, but the Bears wouldn't score again after his free
Tobias Harris led the Vols with 15 points, and Kyle Weems scored
18 for Missouri State.
Tennessee advances to face Virginia Commonwealth in the
semifinals New York City on Nov. 24.
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