Tennessee came back from a first half deficit to defeat Iowa 78-65 in overtime. It was close, and exciting in some ways, and terribly ugly in most others.
The Hawkeyes scored the game's first eight points, and they managed to keep the lead in that neighborhood most of the first half. UT scored the final six points of the half to pull within three, though. Iowa clung to its narrow lead for much of the second half, though, as the Vols didn't register their first lead until a pair of Josh Richardson free throws with 3:42 to go inched them ahead by one. The teams more or less just grappled with each other the rest of the way, and a Roy Devyn Marble jumper with 18 seconds to go tied it. The contest went to overtime when Jordan McRae just dribbled out most of the clock before hoisting a long, contested shot.
In overtime, the Hawkeyes basically fell apart. Jarnell Stokes and McRae led the way early in the period on offense, and on the other end, Iowa couldn't buy a bucket to save its life. A flagrant on Mike Gesell as Antonio Barton attempted a fast break layup essentially put the game away. Barton made all four of his free throws, which put the Vols up nine with a minute and a half to go. Tennessee's defense and Iowa's poor shooting combined to leave the Hawkeyes with just one point in the extra frame.
McRae's 20 led all scorers, while Stokes had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Woodbury's 16 was the high mark for Iowa, while Richardson also had 17 for UT.
The Volunteers move on to become the sole 11-seed in the Midwest regional. They'll play UMass on Friday afternoon.