Dallas, TX – No. 3 seed Tennessee’s season came to an end on Saturday night, as the Vols suffered a heartbreaking loss to 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago, 63-62, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Vols (26-9) made one last push at the end of the game, using an 8-0 run to take a 62-61 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game, capped off by a three-point play from Grant Williams.
Clayton Custer knocked down a 10-foot jumper with 3.6 seconds left on the clock to regain the lead. Without any timeouts, Jordan Bone caught the ball near midcourt and shot a three that bounced of the rim as time expired.
Tennessee Volunteers forward Grant Williams (2) shoots as Loyola (Il) Ramblers center Cameron Krutwig (25) defends during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
The Big Orange had four players with double-digit scoring, as Admiral Schofield led the way with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Williams finished 14 points, while Bone chipped in 13 and Lamonte Turner had 10.
Tennessee was hot out of the gates, opening the game on a 15-6 run that was capped off by a steal from Schofield, who took it the length of the court for a dunk. He had 11 of the points during the run that concluded at the 15:37 mark as the Ramblers were forced to call a timeout.
Loyola-Chicago responded with a 23-10 swing after the timeout to take a 29-25 lead into halftime. UT struggled to connect on the offensive end of the floor, hitting only four of its final 18 shots in the half to 38 percent (10-of-26) for the period.
Schofield was forced to sit out for the majority of the period after picking up two fouls early on in the frame and was unable to be a factor during Loyola’s run.
UT was unable to consistently stop the Ramblers (30-5) on the offensive end of the floor, as LUC shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field in the game.
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