The seventh-ranked Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 73-71 on Wednesday. The win, however, did not come easily for Tennessee.
With Ole Miss up 71-70 with 17 seconds left and at the line, guard Breein Tyree missed the front end of a one-and-one. Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield grabbed the rebound which led to a driving layup by Grant Williams with 4.4 seconds left to push the score to 72-71.
Ole Miss decided not to call a timeout and instead Devontae Shuler got the in-bounds play and hustled down the court for a deep 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left, but was ultimately called for a charge on Schofield.
The bang-bang play resulted in Rebels coach Kermit Davis throwing his jacket to the ground and drawing a technical foul. Tennessee’s Williams hit one of the two free throws to put Tennessee ahead 73-71.
On the ensuing in-bounds from mid-court, Tennessee tossed the ball to their end of the court to run out the clock. Although a Tennessee player grabbed the ball, he was called for a traveling violation just as time expired. After an official review, they decided that the traveling violation wasn’t signaled until after time had expired, much to the disagreement of Rebel fans.
After the game was over, Ole Miss fans began throwing drinks, shirts and other trash onto the court.
At least two Tennesee players, Lamonte Turner and D.J. Burns, were hit in the face by objects thrown by fans.
Turner was hit in the face by an object while raising his fist and looking at the Ole Miss student section while walking off the court. Burns was hit in the face by a red shirt as he was leaving the floor. He then unfolded the shirt and held it toward the Ole Miss students as he was walking through the tunnel.
Immediately after the game ended, coach Davis grabbed a microphone and addressed the crowd to stop throwing things onto the court.
When asked about the charging call, Davis said, “It was close. Our fans were unbelievable, and I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I threw my jacket, and I think that might have enticed the crowd, so I apologize for that. I was just being competitive in the moment.”