Vols rally to beat Iowa 78-65 in OT at First Four


DAYTON, Ohio (UT Sports) -- Tennessee advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round with a thrilling 78-65 comeback overtime victory over Iowa in the First Four on Wednesday night at UD Arena. The 11th-seeded Vols will take on #6 seed UMass on Friday at 2:45 p.m. That game will air on CBS.

Tennessee (22-12) has won six of its last seven games, with the lone loss coming to No. 1 overall seed Florida in the SEC Semifinals.

Josh Richardson was tremendous after a slow start as he was 0-of-5 in the first half. The junior finished with 17 points -- all after halftime. Jordan McRae led the team with a team-high 20 points.

Jarnell Stokes posted his 20th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes (20-13) were led by a pair of reserves that entered the game averaging a combined 9.6 points. Center Adam Woodbury scored a career-high with 16points while Peter Jok added 10 points, his best game in three months.

Iowa's leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble (17.3 ppg) was limited to just seven points on 3-of-15 shooting from the floor.

After Marble sent the game to overtime, the Vols took over in overtime.

Stokes opened the scoring with a 3-point play to put Tennessee up 67-64. McRae's bucket put the Vols up by five with 3:55 left.

Tennessee took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Antonio Barton with 3:07 left in the game. That put the Vols up 59-57. Iowa quickly answered as Marble converted a 3-point play nine second later. That put Iowa up 60-59.

Stokes gave the Vols back the lead at 61-60 on two free throws with 2:40 left in the game. Iowa came right back as Woodbury laid one home with 2:24 on the clock.

Maymon powered up with scored with 54 seconds left to but Tennessee up 63-62. He was fouled and missed the free throw, but the rebound went off Iowa and the Vols retained possession.

Stokes was fouled with 25.5 left in the game and proceeded to make the first of two free throws.

Marble sent the game to overtime with a jumper in the paint with 17.5 on the clock. That tie the game at 64 all.

Down by as many as 12 in the first half and three at the half, the Vols tied the game with just over five minutes elapsed in the second half. Richardson tied the game at 37 on a 3-pointer with 14:37 left in the game.

Richardson had the play of the game as he drove baseline and slammed one home with 10 minutes left in the game. That brought the Vols within three at 47-44.

The Vols continued to come within a possession over the next four minutes. McRae's 3-pointer with 6:40 left cut the deficit to one point at 53-52.

Tennessee failed to convert the next two times it had the ball, while Iowa scored four points to regain a two possession lead at 57-52 with 4:33 on the clock.

Tennessee trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but closed the gap at the half as the Hawkeyes led 29-26 at intermission. Iowa was hot from the field, making 52.5 from the floor, while Tennessee was just 10-of-26 (38.5).

The Vols held Iowa off the scoreboard for the final 3:42 of the half. McRae's putback as time expired finished a 7-0 run for Tennessee.

Iowa broke out of the gates scoring the game's first eight points as Tennessee missed its first seven shots from the floor. The Vols finally got on the scoreboard with 6:02 elapsed in the game on an Armani Moore runner.

The Hawkeyes took a 16-4 lead with 11:34 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Josh Oglesby.

Iowa took advantage of tremendous play from its bench early on. 17 of the Hawkeyes' first 25 points came from their reserves as Iowa led 25-14 after a 3-pointer and long jumper by Peter Jok with 6:32 left in the first.

Looking ahead to Friday's opponent, Tennessee leads the all-time series with UMass, 3-0, including an 83-69 win over the Minutemen last season on Nov. 18, 2012 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Stokes scored a career-high 24 points in that game and added 12 rebounds.


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