Tennessee fans were treated to a victory over Vanderbilt inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. But that wasn’t the only entertainment Vol fans got to enjoy inside the stadium.
During halftime of Tennessee’s 28-10 victory over the Commodores, the final moments of the Tennessee-VCU men’s basketball game was displayed on the Jumbotron for Vol fans to watch. At first, Vol fans were in dismay as the Rams tied the game on a three-pointer with less than five seconds to go.
But just moments later, the crowd erupted as redshirt senior Lamonte Turner nailed a game-winning three as time expired to give the No. 17 Vols a 72-69 win over the No. 20 Rams.
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A moment like that on Saturday shows off the solidarity of Tennessee’s athletics programs. The football and basketball teams have frequently interacted with each other on social media this fall, and Saturday was just another example of UT shining as a whole department, not just one specific program.
The Vols’ basketball game wasn’t televised on cable, instead being viewable only via a stream provided by the Emerald Coast Classic, the tournament Tennessee was playing in. The victory for Tennessee was a nice bounce-back effort from a 60-57 loss to Florida State the previous day in the first round of the tournament.
Turner finished with 12 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, but he only shot 5-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-5 from three. He also had five turnovers. But the veteran point guard, once again, came up clutch for the Vols in the closing minutes of a game, hitting yet another game-winning shot.
The victory improved Tennessee to 6-1 on the season and gave them their second win over a ranked opponent early this year. Tennessee’s basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday, December 4th when they host Florida A&M in Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:00 PM Eastern. The Vols will look to extend their home winning streak to 31 games when they face the Rattlers (0-5).