Tennessee falls to Texas Tech in Jimmy V Classic

Red Raiders turn back 13th ranked Vols 57-52 in OT
At Jimmy V Classic in New York
At Jimmy V Classic in New York(Jim Boofer)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 5:19 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2021 at 9:38 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Terrence Shannon, Jr. had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Texas Tech (7-1) continued its run of Jimmy V Classic upsets in an offensively anemic 57-52 overtime win over No. 13 Tennessee on Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s game was classic in title only. Offense was hard to find at Madison Square Garden, where the Vols (6-2) missed a whopping 34 of 40 3-pointers overall and shot only 27% overall in regulation from the floor. John Fulkerson led the Vols with 10 points, followed by three players with nine points.

Tennessee Basketball Postgame

Coach Barnes discusses Tennessee's 57-52 overtime loss to Texas Tech in the Jimmy V Classic.

Posted by WVLT on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

In the overtime period, the Red Raiders outscored the Vols, 13-8. After Zeigler made a layup to cut Texas Tech’s lead to 38-35 with 11:50 remaining in the second half, the two teams combined to score just four total points through the 4:12 mark—with zero made field goals. In total, 8:12 of game time elapsed between Zeigler’s layup and the next made field goal—a dunk by Bryson Williams that gave Texas Tech a 41-38 lead. 

Tennessee tied the game at 41 and snapped its cold stretch from the field with a 3-pointer from Vescovi at the 1:55 mark. Prior to Vescovi’s make, the Vols were 0-for-16 from 3-point range in the second half. Following Vescovi’s three, Texas Tech added a pair of free throws from Kevin McCullar with 1:26 left and then one more on a 1-for-2 performance at the line from Terrence Shannon with 37 seconds remaining.

Tennessee then sent the game to overtime on James’ 3-pointer. For more than 16 minutes of the back-and-forth first half, neither team led by more than five points—until a fast break and-one layup by Shannon kickstarted a 10-1 Texas Tech run that gave the Red Raiders a 28-20 lead. After Tennessee entered the halftime break trailing by four at 29-25, Texas Tech scored a quick five points to open the second half to extend its lead to 34-25. Facing its largest deficit of the game, Tennessee responded with a 6-0 run to cut the TTU lead back down to three at 34-31. 

UP NEXT: Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena for the first of two consecutive home games on Saturday against UNC Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. on SEC Network.

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