KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- Antwan Space hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the game to give Texas A&M a stunning 57-56 win on Saturday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Space's 3-pointer gave the Aggies their first lead since they scored the game's opening basket.
A&M improved to 11-4 and 2-0 in the SEC while the Vols saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Tennessee is now 10-5 and 1-1 in the league.
The Aggies took advantage of two missed free throws by Jeronne Maymon with 17 seconds left as Jordan Green grabbed the rebound for the Aggies. That set the stage for Space's trifecta, just his second field goal of the game.
Jamal Jones led all scorers with 23 points for the Aggies. Alex Caruso chipped in with 12 points and eight assists.
The Vols were led by Antonio Barton, who had 12 points. Josh Richardson added 11 for the only other double-figure scorer. Maymon grabbed 15 rebounds and scored nine points.
Jordan McRae (9 points) and Jarnell Stokes (6) were held well below their normal scoring averages.
Tennessee took control late in the first half with a 15-6 spurt to lead 32-18 at intermission. The Aggies missed their final 10 field goals of the half as they didn't make a basket for the last 9:34 of the first half.
Tennessee held Texas A&M to just 18 points and 25 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes.
The defensive effort of allowing just 18 first-half points, was the best for the Vols in an SEC game since leading Auburn, 30-16 on Jan. 28, 2012.
The Vols used an 11-4 run, keyed by five Richardson points, to take a 19-11 lead with 12:42 left in the first half.
A 3-point bank shot by A.J. Davis with 5:45 left in the first half gave the Vols the first double-figure lead of the game at 27-17.
This was Texas A&M's first game in Knoxville as a member of the SEC. The Vols now lead the all-time series, 5-1 including 3-0 at home. In the team's initial meeting as conference foes last season, UT outlasted A&M, 93-85, in four overtimes, the longest game in Tennessee basketball history.
The Vols continue their two-game homestand on Wednesday as Auburn comes to Knoxville. That game tips at 7 p.m., and airs on CSS and can be heard on the Vol Network.
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