Horrible Shooting Night Leads To Vol Loss At Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
 Plagued by a cold shooting performance, No. 13 Tennessee fell to Texas Tech in overtime Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, 57-52.
 
Despite holding Texas Tech (7-1) to 19-for-61 (.311) shooting, Tennessee (6-2) shot just 19-for-71 (.268) from the field for the game, including 6-for-40 (.150) from 3-point range.ohn Fulkerson led the Vols in scoring with 10 points, also adding 10 rebounds and five blocks. Kennedy ChandlerSantiago Vescovi and Zakai Zeigler had nine points apiece.
 
Trailing 44-41 with just over 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Josiah-Jordan James hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to send the game to overtime.
 
In the overtime period, the Red Raiders outscored the Vols, 13-8.
 
After Zeigler made a layup to cut Texas Tech's lead to 38-35 with 11:50 remaining in the second half, the two teams combined to score just four total points through the 4:12 mark—with zero made field goals.
In total, 8:12 of game time elapsed between Zeigler's layup and the next made field goal—a dunk by Bryson Williams that gave Texas Tech a 41-38 lead.

 
Tennessee tied the game at 41 and snapped its cold stretch from the field with a 3-pointer from Vescovi at the 1:55 mark. Prior to Vescovi's make, the Vols were 0-for-16 from 3-point range in the second half.
 
Following Vescovi's three, Texas Tech added a pair of free throws from Kevin McCullar with 1:26 left and then one more on a 1-for-2 performance at the line from Terrence Shannon with 37 seconds remaining. Tennessee then sent the game to overtime on James' 3-pointer.
 
For more than 16 minutes of the back-and-forth first half, neither team led by more than five points—until a fast break and-one layup by Shannon kickstarted a 10-1 Texas Tech run that gave the Red Raiders a 28-20 lead.
 
After Tennessee entered the halftime break trailing by four at 29-25, Texas Tech scored a quick five points to open the second half to extend its lead to 34-25.
 
Facing its largest deficit of the game, Tennessee responded with a 6-0 run to cut the TTU lead back down to three at 34-31.
 
UP NEXT: Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena for the first of two consecutive home games on Saturday against UNC Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. on SEC Network.

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