Williams’ last-second bucket leads No. 7 Tennessee past Ole Miss 73-71

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Grant Williams scored with 4.3 seconds left to lift No. 7 Tennessee past Ole Miss 73-71 on Wednesday.

Williams, who scored a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds, drove to the rim from the top of the key as the clock ticked down with his team trailing by one point.

Rather than taking a timeout, Ole Miss opted to go for the win. Devontae Shuler took the inbounds pass and pulled up for a buzzer-beater halfway between the half court line and 3-point line. His shot bounced off the backboard but it would not have mattered as Admiral Schofield stepped in front of him and Shuler was charged with an offensive foul.

Lamonte Turner, who entered Wednesday averaging 7.7 points per game, scored nine in two minutes during the second half before finishing with 17. Schofield added 11 and six rebounds for the Vols. Tennessee made three of its 13 3-pointers as Schofield made two and Turner the other.

The win gives Tennessee 25 this season making this team the fifth in program history to reach that mark. Last season’s SEC Championship team won 26 games but three came in the postseason. With three regular season games to go, Tennessee turns to a premier matchup at home on Saturday when No. 4 Kentucky visits Rocky Top. The Vols fell to the Wildcats 86-69 on Feb. 16 in Lexington.

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