Vols KO'd by Southern Cal 65-64

USC head coach and former Tennessee coach Kevin O

Southern California's coach Kevin O'Neill yells to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn. USC won 65-64. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Maurice Jones scored 15 points and Southern California survived a late run by No. 19 Tennessee to beat the Volunteers 65-64 on Tuesday night.

Donte Smith hit a 3-pointer from the wing over the heads of three Tennessee defenders to give the Trojans (7-5) a 65-60 lead with 2:13 left. He missed another with 1:00 left.

Scotty Hopson and Melvin Goins each made a pair of free throws for the Vols, with Goins' cutting the margin to 65-64 with 47 seconds left. Tennessee (7-3) got the ball back after Jones missed a short jumper with 15 seconds left, but struggled against USC's press and called a timeout with 3.5 seconds left to set up a play.

Tobias Harris, who led the Vols with 14 points, got a deep 3-point shot off as time expired, but it bounced away.

The Trojans got their first road win in seven attempts. The Vols suffered their third loss in a row.


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  • by Roy Location: Lafollette on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    What is Pearl thinking when he puts his son in a game that is tied, Steven could not play for any collage team in the country, Somebody need to tell him his son can't play ball.
  • by Chip Location: Knoxville on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:13 PM
    How about trying something besides the 30 footer with 3.3 seconds left? Not workin' out the past two games. Especially since we were only down one. How about driving to the rim? Pitiful.

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