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Tuesday / June 2.
  • Pearl, Tennessee Shake Off Heckling to Win NIT

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    NEW YORK – With 51 seconds remaining in Tennessee’s game against Villanova Friday in the NIT Tip-Off championship at Madison Square Garden, Scotty Hopson stepped to the foul line amidst a chorus of heckling.

    Facing a crowd of Villanova fans who let loose another round of “Cheat-er, cheat-er” chants, Hopson missed the first free throw but made the second with a smile on his face.

    “When I missed that first one, I hadn’t even thought about it,” Hopson said of the insults directed at Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and his players. “Then they said it, I was like, ‘Hey, I knew I had to make the second one then.’”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.