Men's Basketball

Hopson shoots Tennessee past VCU

Scotty Hopson, a junior from Hopkinsville, 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 in New York.

Tobias Harris added 15 points and Cameron Tatum had 11 for Tennessee (4-0), which was playing its first game since Pearl was punished by SEC commissioner Mike Slive last week for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

The Volunteers will play No. 7 Villanova or UCLA for the title Friday night.

Vanderbilt 92, Grambling 59: Festus Ezeli posted his first career double-double and John Jenkins scored 22 points as Vanderbilt defeated visiting Grambling State.

Ezeli had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Commodores (4-1) played the second half without the services of pre-season All-SEC pick Jeffery Taylor.

Taylor took a blow to his left eye with about 5 minutes to play in the first half on an intentional foul by Tigers guard Rupert Rose.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward was on the floor for a couple of minutes and didn't return because of blurry vision.

No. 15 Minnesota 84, North Dakota State 65: Blake Hoffarber scored 24 points, including four three-pointers, and Minnesota cruised past visiting North Dakota State.

Cincinnati 54, Savannah State 41: Yancy Gates scored 12 points and Cashmere Wright added 11 points to lead host Cincinnati.

Gates grabbed nine rebounds for the Bearcats (4-0), who won despite shooting only 34 percent from the field.

LSU 78, Centenary 36: Andre Stringer scored 16 points and LSU Coach Trent Johnson won his 200th game as the Tigers beat visiting Centenary.

Stringer matched his season-high with four three-pointers and Malcolm White added 14 points and seven rebounds for LSU. The Tigers held the Gents to 36 points, the least scored on LSU since it beat Nicholls State 68-24 eight years ago.

Tuesday night

No. 1 Duke 82, No. 4 Kansas State 68: Top-ranked Duke dismantled Kansas State in the title game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic for Coach Mike Krzyzewski's 800th victory at the school.

Coach K has 873 wins overall including his stint at West Point, his alma mater where he played under Bob Knight, the all-time wins leader at 902. Krzyzewski is now three behind Kentucky coaching legend Adolph Rupp for third place on the career list.

Duke has won 27 straight games in November.

Freshman guard Kyrie Irving and senior guard Nolan Smith both had 17 points and combined on an outstanding defensive job on pre-season All-American Jacob Pullen.

Purdue women cancel trip

The Purdue women's team has canceled its trip to a tournament in Mexico after a player became ill with suspected meningitis.

The school says the player, who was not named, was hospitalized Tuesday in stable condition.

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