January 24, 2013
Late breakdowns cost Vols again
OXFORD, Miss. -- Tennessee (9-8, 1-4) hit the road looking for avenge a home loss in the conference opener against SEC leading Ole Miss (16-2, 5-0), and for about 35 minutes, it looked like the Vols were on pace to pull off a shocker. That perception faded hard in the final moments though as the Rebels closed the game with a frenzy, walking off with a 62-56 win.
Just as they have in previous road losses at Alabama and Kentucky in league play, Tennessee let this one slip away late by not taking care of the basketball and failing to make clutch free throws in crunch time.
Tennessee finished the game with 21 turnovers, 14 of them in the second half and an appalling five of them in the last five minutes of play. Even more frustrating from a head coach's perspective, the Vols missed four straight free throws in the final three minutes.
Just as they had in their previous two conference road losses, Tennessee allowed the opponent to get going offensively in the second half. Tonight Ole Miss shot 53.8% in the final 20 minutes after being suffocated in by the Vols' D in the first half.
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