By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Utah Utes will have one more game to their season. The No. 2 seeded Utes defeated the No. 4 seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) semifinal on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The No. 2 seeded Utes improved to 23-11 on the season. They will face the No. 4 seeded Penn State Nittany Lions in the NIT Championship game at The Garden on Thursday night. The game will tip off at 7 pm EST.
Utah is 14-12 all-time in the NIT. They are 1-1 in previous championship games.
They lost in the NIT championship game in 1974 to the Purdue Boilermakers, 87-81. They have not won the NIT tournament since 1947 when they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 49-45.
The No. 4 seeded Hilltoppers ended their season with a 27-11 record.
Justin Bibbins led the Utes with 19 points. He also had one rebound, four assists, and one steal.
Bibbins was one of four Utah players, who scored in double-figures. Sedrick Barefield added 14 points, while David Collette scored 13 points, and Tyler Rawson had 12 points.
The Utes had eight bench points, all coming from Donnie Tillman.
Justin Johnson led the Hilltoppers with 24 points. He also had 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block.
Johnson was one of three Western Kentucky players, who scored in double-figures. Lamonte Bearden had 12 points, while Dwight Coleby added 10 points.
The Hilltoppers had six bench points, all coming from John Anderson.
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