If you play the last 30 seconds of regulation ten times, Vanderbilt wins nine of them.
After breaking Tennessee's press for a Jeff Roberson dunk, the Commodores led 64-60 with 30 seconds on the clock. Josh Richardson missed a three, the Vols fouled Luke Kornet with 15 seconds left, and we all started lamenting another close loss, including yours truly. Unlike late misses at Arkansas and Georgia, Tennessee had lots of chances to take the lead in the final five minutes and shot the ball significantly better throughout, 47.5% for the game.
Kornet hit one of two, and we started thinking about going sub-.500 in SEC play and how we'd find enough wins left on our schedule to make the NIT. Kevin Punter stuck a three in traffic with nine seconds left to make it 65-63. But the Vols fouled Riley LaChance, freshman sensation and 86.4% free throw shooter.
But he missed the first. He made the second, and Vandy immediately fouled Josh Richardson instead of defending the three. Richardson hit both with six seconds left to make it a one point game. Tennessee fouled Wade Baldwin IV, freshman sensation and 80.0% free throw shooter.
But he missed the first. He made the second, but now fouls were off the table. The Vols were out of timeouts, but Kevin Stallings had a pocketful. He elected to call one after Baldwin's second free throw, giving both teams a chance to set up. Down 67-65 with 6.3 seconds and the length of the floor to go, the Vols went to Robert Hubbs. He went the length of the floor, made a hesitation move at the potential-game-winning three point line, and beat his man to the basket for kiss off the glass and a trip to overtime.
Vanderbilt, by the way, shot 30 free throws in regulation. The Vols shot seven. But the Commodores made only 17 of them, including an 0 for 4 start and then this in the final five minutes:
- 4:46 Baldwin 1 of 2
- 3:35 Jones 1 of 2
- 2:40 Jones 0 of 1
- 0:54 Roberson 1 of 2
- 0:15 Kornet 1 of 2
- 0:08 LaChance 1 of 2
- 0:06 Baldwin 1 of 2