Vols outlast Mississippi State for berth in SEC semifinals

Vols outlast Mississippi State for berth in SEC semifinals

Despite slowing down in the second half, Tennessee still shot 57.1 percent from the field for the contest, including a 64.7 mark from behind the arc.

You'll never believe what happened next: Six wins in the last seven games, culminating with a 77-72 thriller over Tennessee, co-champion of the regular season, in the SEC Tournament title game on Sunday.

The No. 2-seed Vols (25-7) will play No. 4-seed Kentucky (23-10) for the SEC Tournament championship Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Quade Green dribbled around the defender and hit a floater for a 27-12 United Kingdom lead with 8:17 to go in the first half. "But I love what took place in the second half".

P.J. Washington hit four straight free throws to give United Kingdom the lead again 59-57.

"We were being a lot more aggressive and it started with Jordan Bone", said Schofield. "We're winning games of work, off team work, off fighting, off just scrapping to get wins".

On the next possession, Schofield got deep into the shot clock and had to force a three, the Bulldogs advanced the ball and Xavian Stapleton's three-point shot from the right baseline was long. Admiral Schofield scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Jordan Bone set the tone for Tennessee's first-half shooting exhibition and finished with 19 points. That marked the first time Kentucky did not lead since the first 30 seconds of the game.

"As far as seeding goes, it's a big deal to come down here and make it to the championship and even win, because it just shows again it changes the perception that maybe the committee may have about our program and the country", guard Rob Gray said. We're just ready, man.

"The speed is incredible".

"I'm not telling you what time I went to sleep", guard Daryl Macon said. They needed that. They needed to be told you're not good enough, and you're not going to do this by yourself. "He's just a special player". "They got real hot, and we couldn't do anything about it in the first half".

The No. 13 Vols beat the Razorbacks 84-66 at Scottrade Center before an announced crowd of 18,729 after shooting 76 percent in the first half to build a 19-point lead.

The young Wildcats were in Knoxville and carrying a 37-29 lead into the locker room.

"First half, we arguably played the best basketball we have all year", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.

"When you are making shots, it all looks good", explained Barnes.

"I was happy that he's moving well, talking and asked about the score of the game. That's what we've done all year, and we're going to have to continue to do that". "We got back in the game and we simply didn't finish out". They would add to it with Green scoring on a goal tend call, Knox hit a three pointer, Green hit two free throws and then got a steal that led to a Knox lay-up. Weatherspoon had 17 points for the Bulldogs, while Peters lead all scorers with 22 points, on 5-8 shooting from the three-point line.

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