January 29, 2013
Vols hold on late, 58-57 over 'Dores
Fans probably shouldn't expect anything to come easy for this particular Tennessee basketball team, and on that front, the Vols didn't disappoint Tuesday night. Tennessee saw a double-digit lead melt away in the final 10 minutes against Vanderbilt, but held on for a thrilling 58-57 win over their in-state rivals.
Jarnell Stokes led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double and sixth of the season. The sophomore was too much for Vanderbilt to handle for the majority of the evening, but the 'Dores managed to throw a major scare into the Vols nonetheless.
Tennessee led 50-39 after a pair of free throws from Josh Richardson with 9:07 left in the game and looked set to cruise to their second straight conference win at home. To say that things went sideways shortly after that though is to put it mildly.
"I definitely didn't think it was over then, because Vanderbilt's a good team and they're going to play hard and fight back, but it did feel like we were in control of the game there," Richardson said after his team went up by 11 in the homestretch.
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