BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Vincent Yarbrough and Tony Harris each had 21 points and Tennessee beat pesky Southern Illinois 87-74 in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.
The Volunteers (11-0), who are off to the third best start in school history and the best since the 1922-23 team opened 14-0, will play Tulsa in tonight's championship game. The Golden Hurricane advanced with a 76-51 victory over UNC Charlotte.
The Salukis (4-5) gave Tennessee a much tougher fight than was expected and were still within seven points with less than a minute to play.
Tennessee had a 53-34 lead four minutes into the second half but the Volunteers gave the Salukis some help in 13-3 run that made the game close.
A free throw by Jermaine Dearman started the spurt for Southern Illinois and then Ricky Collum was credited with a 3-pointer on a goaltending call.
After a free throw by Harris, Ron Slay of the Volunteers was called for an offensive foul, his fourth personal, and then was charged with a technical for complaining about the call.
The Salukis got four points on the play -- two free throws by Collum and a drive by Abel Schrader on the ensuing possession. After a basket by Yarbrough, Slay was charged with a technical while on the bench. He was sent to the locker room and Collum again made two free throws. Dearman then made two more when fouled on the ensuing possession. After a missed shot by Tennessee, Derrick Tillmon scored on a fast-break dunk to bring Southern Illinois within 56-47 with 13:06 left.
Southern Illinois stayed close but could never break the seven-point mark. The Salukis were outshot 52 percent (29-for-56) to 36 percent (23-for-63).
Black gave the Volunteers breathing room when he scored down low and then added a 3-pointer to make it 73-59 with 4:21 to play. Black, back from a one-game suspension for fighting, had 15 points.
Kent Williams had 15 points for the Salukis, who had won three of the last four games.
No. 19 Temple -- 66
Penn State -- 51
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Lyde scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds, and Lynn Greer had 12 points as Temple beat Penn State.
Down 31-30 early in the second half, Temple took advantage of Penn State's bad decision-making, a technical foul on Nittany Lions coach Jerry Dunn, and good interior play to pull away.
Dunn was called for the technical with 14:35 left after arguing a foul call. The Owls followed with a 13-4 run, capped by a Lamont Barnes layup, to go up 50-41 with 7:44 to go.
Keaton Sanders then scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer, to give Temple a 14-point lead and seal the game.
Jarrett Stephens led Penn State with 14 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double.
Temple won despite shooting just 25-for-64 (39 percent). The Owls again had trouble on offense with point guard Pepe Sanchez out for the sixth straight game with a sprained ankle.
Quincy Wadley added 11 points for Temple, while the Nittany Lions were 18 of 51 shooting (35 percent) after opening the game a sizzling 6 of 9.
Temple missed nine of its first 15 shots in the second half, but Penn State failed to capitalize.
First, Jon Crispin got a steal but missed a 3-pointer after going one-on-one with Greer.
Off another steal, Crispin missed another layup and teammate Titus Ivory failed to convert the offensive rebound.
After going up seven midway through the first half thanks to a 3-pointer by Alex Wesby at the top of the key, Temple struggled to a 28-26 halftime lead.
Stephens put in his own offensive rebound, while Crispin's brother, Joe, hit two free throws to cut the deficit to two points as Temple failed to hit a field goal the last 7:30 of the half.
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