The University of Tennessee’s Grant Williams scored 24 points and #5 Tennessee had five different players in double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Admiral Schofield added 20 points for the Vols (4-0), who shot 54 percent from the field. The win was the 664th of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ career. It moved him past John Wooden on the all-time Division I wins list.
Trailing 77-70 with 6:51 left, Louisville coach Chris Mack got called for a technical foul when he didn’t like an over-the-back call on Dwayne Sutton. The Cardinals could never recover. Personally I’m thrilled that Mack got the technical, even ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla disagreed with that one-sided officiating throughout the contest and particularly on the call that drew the technical.
Jordan Nwora had 23 points and 10 assists to lead Louisville (3-1) but also added 8 turnovers, 6 in the first half.
Louisville will face Marquette who fell to Kansas in the late semi-final at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.