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UCLA Exits NIT in Loss Against Villanova

Final Score: (7) Villanova 82, UCLA 70

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Corey Fisher scored 26 points and Maalik Wayns added 19 as seventh-ranked Villanova never trailed in defeating UCLA, 82-70, in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Mouphtaou Yarou totaled 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Corey Stokes supplied 16 points for the Wildcats (5-0), who will face 24th-ranked Tennessee in Friday’s championship game.

Malcolm Lee scored 13 points and Lazeric Jones added 12 for the Bruins (3-1), who had started the season with wins over CS-Northridge, Pepperdine and Pacific.

Reeves Nelson contributed 10 points and 13 boards while Joshua Smith chipped in 10 in the loss for UCLA, which will face VCU in Friday’s consolation game.