Rapid Reaction: Tennessee avoids upset scare, brushes aside Colgate to advance in NCAA Tournament
Survive and live to fight another day will likely be Rick Barnes’ message to his No. 2 seed Tennessee team as the Volunteers were pushed to the limit by No. 15 Colgate on Friday but won 77-70.
A serious cold streak resulted in Colgate holding a slight lead midway into the second half but a rejuvenated defensive-minded Tennessee came out and locked down Colgate on enough possessions in the final 10 minutes of the contest to earn the win from Columbus. Admiral Schofield hit two clutch three-pointers in the closing moments of the game to seal the victory for the Vols.
Schofield led the way for Tennessee with 17 points, Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden added 14 and Lamonte Turner chipped in 13 in the game. No other Volunteer reached double-digit points against Colgate. Grant Williams managed only nine points after battling through foul trouble.
One positive to point to for the Vols in this matchup was the fact the team had only eight turnovers to Colgate’s 13.
With this win, Tennessee improves to 30-5 on the season and will face No. 10 seed Iowa on Sunday in the Round of 32 for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
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