Admiral Schofield had tears falling from his eyes before the game.
The Tennessee senior forward, who played in his final game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday, left with a smile after a 71-54 win over Mississippi State.
Schofield was honored before tip-off alongside fellow seniors Kyle Alexander, Lucas Campbell and Brad Woodson. Alexander put together one of his best performances as of late, totaling six points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds. Schofield led the way with a game-high 18 points while Grant Williams chipped in with a double-double, scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Bowden also found himself in double figures, scoring 12 points. Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner added six assists each.
When Schofield and Alexander exited the game with under three minutes to play, Campbell and Woodson entered. Woodson, a senior walk-on that had scored a combined five points this season, put a bow on the game by sinking a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left. Woodson’s shot sent the Tennessee bench into a frenzy.
With the win, the Vols (27-3, 15-2 SEC) wrapped up a perfect season at home, finishing 18-0 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee ends the regular season on the road, visiting former Vols head coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn on Saturday at Noon.