OXFORD, Miss. – Some Ole Miss players were lying on the floor, others had fallen to their knees. First year coach Kermit Davis had just received a technical blow, tossing his jacket and throwing it after the whistle against his team. Shortly after, Rebel fans launched everything and anything on the floor.
The No. 7 Tennessee is celebrated as if it had just gotten a spot in the Final Four. Instead, the Flights had just finished skidding.
Grant Williams scored with three seconds to go and Tennessee got a stop at the other end, stealing a 73-71 win Wednesday night at the Pavilion at Ole Miss and The Flights. Williams and his teammates, having lost two of their last three games, have breathed a sigh of relief.
Tennessee (25-3, 13-2 LP) earned 21 points and six Williams rebounds and 17 points and four Lamonte Turner. Admiral Schofield added 11 points and five rebounds.
Breein Tyree, who finished with 16 points for Ole Miss (19-9, 9-6), missed the front of a one-and-one 18 seconds from the end, leading to Williams' pot at the other end .
After the go score of Williams, Devontae Shuler was called for an accusation as the Rebels frantically descended on the floor in search of an answer in the last seconds.
Williams took possession of the ball with 8.6 seconds left on the top, dribbled left and got a shot on a double team, the ball bouncing off the left side of the rim, on the backboard and towards the bottom. Schofield pulled the charge while Tyree threw three long, 1.1 seconds to go.
jordan Bowden hitting a long rider to bring back Tennessee within 18 seconds, after Blake Hinson hit two free throws with 33 seconds on the clock, increasing the number of rebels by three. This was the first points of the game since the 2:11 mark.
Williams scored in traffic in the paint with 3:23 to play, allowing Tennessee to gain a point as both teams traded the advantage. Ole Miss responded with a Tyree three in transition, one possession later, which reduced her advantage to two.
Schofield – after missing the start of a duel at 4:03, the Tennessee trailing by one – made one of two free throws with a time of 2: 11 to go, the Flights still down d & # 39; a. Three Bowden rebounded 50 seconds later, with Ole Miss taking possession of the ball after bouncing off the rebound and seeking to win.
Tennessee scored 14-0 early in the second period, eliminating the 39-34 deficit at half-time and creating a 48-41 lead thanks to a nine-point score by Turner, while Williams had the other five . The lead eventually went to eight on a Bowden jumper, giving Tennessee a 9-for-11 start on the field in the second half, with six assists on all nine marks.
Ole Miss responded with a 9-0 to regain the lead. A stretch followed in the second half of seven consecutive head changes, the Tennessee offensive having returned to its difficulties in the first period.
The Vols had an eight-point lead less than four minutes into the match, but Ole Miss was five at the break after hitting five of her last seven field shots before half-time.
Tennessee won the rebounds 19-16 in the first half and scored 22 points at 12 for Ole Miss, but the Rebels were 5-in-11 on the 3-point line and scored on two other three-point games . The Flights did not hit from the bow before Schofield turned a corner three with just over three minutes to go in the first half after a 0-6 start for the team.
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Tennessee is back home to host No. 4 Kentucky (24-4, 13-2) on Saturday (2 pm EST), TV: CBS at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The Wildcats, who have lost their last three games in Knoxville, broke the Flight's 19-game winning streak in an 86-69 victory at Rupp Arena on Feb. 16.