Tennessee too much for VCU in NYC

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If the tournament at the end of the season is called the Big Dance, you could call the NIT Season Tipoff the Big Chance.  It's a chance to play some of the top teams in the country.  It's a chance to earn nationwide respect for your program.  It's a chance to play in the world's most famous arena.

VCU played underneath the big lights Wednesday, but they could not come up with a victory over 24th ranked Tennessee.  The Rams fell to the Volunteers 77-72 in the semifinals of the NIT in New York city.

Scotty Hopson had 18 points and Tobias Harris added 15 points 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 for the championship Friday night. VCU will play in the consolation game against UCLA.

Brandon Rozzell hit six 3-pointers in the second half, after missing all four attempts in the first half, and finished with 23 points to lead VCU (3-1). Ed Nixon added 16 points and Jamie Skeen finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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