KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Keith Benson had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Oakland beat No. 7 Tennessee 89-82 on Tuesday night, three days after losing by a point to then-No. 7 Michigan State.
It was the Golden Grizzlies' second win over a ranked opponent in 27 tries and only the second time the Volunteers have lost on their home court to a non-conference opponent in coach Bruce Pearl's six seasons. The loss came one day after Tennessee climbed into the Top 10 after beating Pittsburgh.
The Vols held a 76-68 lead with 7:18 left, but their physical play inside drew foul after foul. Oakland (6-5) used a 13-0 run of mostly free throws and took an 81-76 lead that it would not relinquish.
Tennessee (7-1) missed four free throws and a few 3-pointers down the stretch that could have cut the lead.
Brian Williams led the Vols with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Melvin Goins had 18 points.
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