PROVIDENCE, RI (WATE) - The Tennessee basketball team beat Ohio 83-68 in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Midwest Region semifinals next week in St. Louis.
The 6th seed Vols held off the upset-minded 14th seed Bobcats to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time under Head Coach Bruce Pearl.
Ohio led 18-16 with 12:03 left in the 1st half, but the Vols used a fast-break basket by Scotty Hopson and a turn-around three-point basket by Cameron Tatum to take a 29-20 lead. The Vols led 38-27 at the half.
The Bobcats cut Tennessee's lead to 50-45 on a 3-point shot by Tommy Freeman with 12:59 left in the 2nd half, but a jumper by Hopson, lay-ups by Stephen Peal and Brian Williams, a dunk by Hopson, and a fast-break lay-up by J.P. Prince helped extend Tennessee's lead to 64-49 with 7:03 to play.
The Vols shot 57 percent and we led by J.P. Prince's 18 points. Scotty Hopson broke out of his slump to score 17 points. Center Wayne Chism had 9 points and 12 rebounds.
The Vols will face either Ohio State or Georgia Tech on Friday in St. Louis.