Tennessee advances to semifinals after 62-59 win over Mississippi State

11 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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In a freak accident, Quinndary had landed on his already injured brother under the basket in the second half, rendering Nick motionless. He had to be carted off the court on a stretcher.

A sizzling showdown is on tap Friday as Tennessee battles Mississippi State at 7 p.m. ET in a nationally televised SEC tournament quarterfinal. Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said that Weatherspoon was conscious and moving everything. Quinndary Weatherspoon said Nick asked about the score of the game. On Saturday morning, the school announced Weatherspoon had left the hospital and did not have a concussion after undergoing a CAT scan.

A 3-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon had the Bulldogs within 51-49 with 6:34 left. "Basically, I did what he wanted me to do to try to play as hard as I can and try to come out with the win".

The win didn't happen but the Bulldogs did have a chance despite an abundance of statistics that worked against them. This became a problem when play returned to the end of the court where Weatherspoon was on the ground, as a number of Tennessee and Mississippi State players inadvertently stepped on him.

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Admiral Schofield scored 24 points that night as the Vols scorched the nets with 56 percent shooting while holding State to just 39 percent from the field. The Vols converted those into 22 second-chance points. "That was the difference. We were chasing balls down, and we needed it".

Tennessee held a 50-33 rebounding advantage.

Despite having a tough night from the field, SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs pulled even at 16 on a layup by Nick Weatherspoon. He appeared to be grabbing his hip and lower back but was unable to get up.

UT missed the second of two free throws to set up the potential game-winner. "You let it go". No further information about the severity of the injury was immediately released. "I didn't realize it", Barnes said. Despite the uncertainty about their teammate, the Bulldogs did not let the Vols take control of the game at any time. Lamar Peters led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 5 threes along with a share of the team-high with 6 assists. However, Mississippi State never was able to get the lead.



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