Turnovers and 3-pointers cost Tennessee again against Auburn.
This time, it cost the Vols their first SEC Tournament Championship since 1979.
The Tigers sank a whopping 15 3-pointers on Sunday in a 84-64 win over Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Vols committed a season-high 17 turnovers compared to seven for Auburn. Tennessee had a combined 15 turnovers against Mississippi State and Kentucky in the previous two conference tournament games.
Admiral Schofield, who had scored game-highs against Mississippi State and Kentucky, left the game with 2:34 left in the second half with four points and four fouls. Two-time SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams totaled 13 points and eight rebounds, leaving the game soon after Schofield. Fresh off his big shot against the Wildcats, Lamonte Turner led Tennessee with a game-high 24 points going 4-6 from long range.
But Tennessee couldn’t keep up with Auburn’s high-powered attack. After making just five of their 20 3-point attempts in the first half, the Tigers drilled 10-20 in the second half. Bryce Brown and Chuma Okeke scored five 3-pointers each as Brown scored 19 total points in front of Okeke’s 18.
Tennessee now turns its attention to Selection Sunday, where the Vols will likely earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.