MTSU beats Tennessee 71-64 in 2nd round of NIT

BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer Published:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Bruce Massey had 20 points and 10 rebounds and hit a go-ahead layup with 1:30 left to send Middle Tennessee to a 71-64 win over top-seeded Tennessee on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (27-6) closed the game on a 15-0 run and will face second-seeded Miami or No. 6 seed Minnesota on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jordan McRae hit a layup with 7:11 remaining to give the Volunteers a 64-56 lead, but those were the last points they scored. Tennessee missed its final nine shots.

Massey followed his go-ahead layup with a blocked shot and a jumper at the other end to make it 67-64 with 39 seconds to go. Raymond Cintron hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds.

Jeronne Maymon led Tennessee (19-15) with 17 points.