March is all about survive and advance, and Tennessee doing just that Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 77-70 win over No. 15 Colgate.
The Vols got everything they can handle and then some from the Raiders, who blitzed the Vols from downtown in taking a second-half lead. Colgate, tenth in the nation in terms of 3-point percentage, hit 15-29 from beyond the arc.
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Tennessee was powered by 19 points from Admiral Schofield, including three made three-pointers in the final four minutes of the game to give Tennessee the breathing room they so sorely needed.
“I wasn’t hitting any threes to begin the game, but when that first one went in it was just repetition, just shooting the same way every time,“ said Schofield. “I’m not afraid to make or miss. I’m not afraid to be the guy, that wins the game and I’m not afraid to be the guy that loses the game on a shot like that.“
“There was no doubt in my mind that those shots were going in,“ said Jordan Bone, who finished with 16 points and 3 assists. “He works so hard. I love when those shots go in, cause he deserves it, he deserves it.“
“He’s a confident player,“ Grant Williams added. “He’s gonna take those shots, he practices them, he knows he spends enough time in the gym that he’s gonna knock them down.“
The Raiders were led by Jordan Burns, who’s game-high 32 points included an 8-13 performance from deep.
Jordan Bowden finished with 14, while Lamonte Turner added 13 points.
The Vols will next face No. 10 seed Iowa on Sunday, March 24 at 12:10 p.m. (EST).