When the Tennessee Volunteers went up by 25 points in the first half, they never thought they would need overtime to defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 83-77 on Sunday afternoon.
However, the combination of Jordan Bone and Grant Williams knocked out the Hawkeyes in the extra session. The two players scored the first 11 of the 12 overtime points, including the first nine to give the Volunteers an 80 to 73 lead with 1:59 left in the extra session.
Williams finished the game with a tied for a team-high 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds during the second round win. Admiral Schofield also finished with 19 points, but he scored 17 points in the first half to help the Volunteers cruise to an early lead. Unfortunately Schofield missed significant time due to foul trouble. In fact, Schofield only played 24 minutes.
In all, the Volunteers had four players score in double figures. Lamonte Turner (15)and Jordan Bone (14) combined to score 29 points. Meanwhile, Kyle Alexander and Jordan Bowden scored eight points apiece.
Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook helped lead the comeback in the second half. Cook scored the first nine points for the Hawkeyes in the second half. He helped cut the lead to 51-37 within the first four minutes. However, Cook missed a couple of dunks and only finished with 11 points.
Bohannon led the Hawkeyes with 18 points and 6 rebounds. He was 3 of 7 from 3-point range and made all 5 free throws, including three straight after being fouled on a long-range bomb.
However, the Volunteers seemed to have the answer whenever they needed it most. The Vols only scored 22 points in the second half, but they came up with enough defensive stops to never let the Hawkeyes take the lead.
It didn’t take long for the Volunteers to assert dominance during the first half of their second round matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Schofield began right where he left off against the Colgate Raiders. He made the first two 3-point attempts of the game, scoring 17 first half points. The Volunteers led 49-28 at the break. Schofield shot 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds by halftime. However, he wasn’t the only one going to work.
The rest of the Volunteers’ starting lineup played brilliant basketball too.
Turner scored eight points in the first half. Bone scored seven points, while Williams scored seven points as well. Alexander was halfway to a double-double with 5 points and 5 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. In addition to his 8 points, Alexander finished with 9 rebounds. They also received five points off the bench from Jordan Bowden.
In all, the Volunteers dished out nine first half assists. Bone led the way with three assists. Turner, Williams and Bowden accounted for two assists apiece. It’s one reason why they shot 51.4 percent from the field. Yet, they only finished with 12 assists for the entire game.
Defensively, the Volunteers held the Hawkeyes to 32 percent shooting. Bohannon hit a couple of 3-pointers early to finish with eight first half points. Isaiah Moss also scored eight points in the first half. He finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Luke Garza battled on the boards, but he only produced 13 points and 4 rebounds against the aggressive defense.
The Volunteers advanced to the Sweet 16 to face the Purdue Boilermakers. They should be well-versed in Big Ten play by the time the NCAA Tournament resumes later in the week. They are the fourth SEC to advance to the Sweet 16.