Admiral Schofield Leads Tennessee To 76-73 Upset Of #1 Gonzaga

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Admiral Schofield led the once-beaten Tennessee Vols to an upset of top-ranked Gonzaga, 76-73, on Sunday afternoon.

In a game played in Phoenix, the Vols led by as many as 9 early, then were in the lead at halftime 34-33.

The previously-undefeated Zags built their own lead on the shooting of Zach Norvell Jr., then seemed to have the advantage when Vol star Grant Williams went out with his fifth foul as he did in the Kansas loss.

But Schofield drained a long three in the final minute that put the Vols up by 3. Norvell missed a shot for the tie, then Tennessee had a chance at a 1-1, but missed. Gonzaga missed a final shot, then the Vols began celebrating. 

Schofield scored all 11 points during an 11-5 run over the final 3:17 of play, including 2 treys from NBA range. He had a carrer-high six 3 pointers.

It was the first win over a #1-ranked foe for Vol Coach Rick Barnes.

Schofield finished with a season-high 30 points. Williams posted another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to go along with seven assists. Jordan Bowden was the other Vol to finish with double-digit scoring, tallying 11 points behind three treys in the second half. Yves Pons chipped in seven points and three rebounds.

The two teams had a combined 15-1 record at tipoff at the Talking Stick Resort Arena where the Phoenix Suns play.

Gonzaga earlier knocked off then #1 Duke in Maui.

Tennessee plays next Saturday at Memphis, then welcomes Samford, Wake Forest and Tennessee Tech to Thompson-Boling Arena before starting the SEC schedule.

The Georgia game is Jan. 5 at home.

 


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