Vols Beat Vanderbilt 67-65 as Commodores Bucket at the Buzzer Gets Waived Off
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Robert Hubbs III beat the buzzer with a jumper with 2:09 left, and the Tennessee Volunteers held on to upset No. 5 seed Vanderbilt 67-65 Thursday afternoon at the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Commodores appeared to have tied it at the buzzer when Wade Baldwin IV drove for a layup. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes immediately protested to officials, and they ruled the shot was late after reviewing a replay showing the ball still in Baldwin’s left hand when the red light went on.
Vols senior Armani Moore dropped to his knees after hearing the officials’ decision.
The 12th-seeded Vols (15-18) avoided being swept by their in-state rival and may have seriously hurt their in-state rivals’ NCAA Tournament hopes. Tennessee, which lost four straight to end the regular season, now will play No. 4 seed LSU in the quarterfinals Friday after its second straight win.
Vanderbilt (19-13) now has lost two straight.
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