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Author Topic: Final from Phoenix: Tennessee 76 #1 Gonzaga 73 (Admiral sinks 3, sinks Zags)  (Read 185 times)

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jbcarol


PHOENIX -- Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday.

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Tennessee (7-1) jumped on Gonzaga early and fought back from a nine-point, second-half deficit.

Reigning SEC player of the year Grant Williams fouled out with 2:30 left, but the Vols went up two when Schofield banked in a 3-pointer with 80 seconds left.

After Rui Hachimura tied it with two free throws, Schofield hit a long 3 and Tennessee held on for its first win over a No. 1 team -- fifth overall -- since beating Kansas in 2010.

Gonzaga (9-1) had two shots at a tying 3-pointer, but Zach Norvell Jr. and Hachimura missed.

Zags passed every previous test despite playing without injured forward Kevin Tillie.

Tennessee, a popular preseason Final Four pick, took No. 2 Kansas to overtime before losing and beat Louisville by 11 in its closest win of the season.
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Wes Rucker
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 54m54 minutes ago

COLUMN: #Vols show championship toughness in come-from-behind win over No. 1 Gonzaga on Sunday in Phoenix: http://bit.ly/2QnhE3F


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Tennessee’s recent tweak to its starting lineup — with sophomore Yves Pons taking the 2-guard spot previously occupied by Jordan Bowden — was the first such move not caused by injury in a long time.

If you spent five consecutive days watching the Vols practice, though, you’d never be able to guess the starting lineup.

There are so many reasons Rick Barnes and his staff do that, but three stand above the rest: You never want players getting complacent or too comfortable, you never want teams relying too heavily on any single player and you never know what will happen once a game starts.
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Wes Rucker
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 3h3 hours ago

Tennessee should return home to Knoxville with 14 thank-you notes in Thompson-Boling Arena. Thirteen from its SEC peers and one from the league office.
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