Jordan McRae led the way with 20 points for 11th-seeded
Tennessee (22-12), which will play sixth-seeded Massachusetts in
the second round of the Midwest Regional on Friday in Raleigh,
N.C. Josh Richardson chipped in with 17 points and Antonio
Barton had 10 while the Volunteers outscored Iowa 14-1 in the
Adam Woodbury registered a career-high 16 points and grabbed
eight rebounds for Iowa (20-13), which led by as much as 12
early on and lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.
Peter Jok had 10 points and leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble was
held to seven points on 3-of-15 shooting for the Hawkeyes, who
were also an 11th seed.
Iowa scored 16 of the game’s first 20 points before the
Volunteers slowly climbed back in it by recording the final
seven, capped by a McRae floater at the buzzer, to get within
29-26 at intermission. Barton drained a 3-pointer with 3:06
remaining to give the Volunteers their first lead at 59-57, but
Marble answered with a three-point play.
Stokes made a free throw for a 64-62 lead before Marble tied the
game on a jumper with 17.9 seconds left in the second half.
Tennessee missed a chance to win it at the end of regulation,
but Stokes started overtime with a three-point play, McRae made
a layup and the Volunteers were on their way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Iowa coach Fran McCaffery flew home to Iowa on
Tuesday night to be with his 13-year-old son Patrick for surgery
to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning and returned for the
game. “Today’s surgery for my son went as planned,” McCaffery
said in prepared statement. “Doctors will continue test in the
coming days to determine further treatment. Patrick was in good
spirits after the operation.” … Stokes notched his 20th
double-double of the season. … Iowa has not won an NCAA
tournament game since 2001.
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