KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Robert Hubbs III scored 25 points and made a key block in the last minute Tuesday night as Tennessee outlasted Tennessee Tech 74-68.
After trailing by as many as 22 points early in the second half, Tennessee Tech (4-8) cut Tennessee’s lead to 71-67 on Courtney Alexander II’s dunk with 21 seconds left. Tennessee went 3 of 4 on free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the victory.
Before Alexander’s dunk, Tennessee Tech had the ball twice with a chance to trim a five-point deficit. On the first possession, Kajon Mack was called for an offensive foul after leaning into Lamonte Turner with 1:14 left. Tennessee Tech’s next chance faded when Hubbs blocked Aleksa Jugovic’s 3-point attempt with 33 seconds remaining.
Tennessee (5-4) withstood a 6 ½-minute stretch in which it failed to make a basket.