No. 13 Oregon beats Tennessee 69-65 in OT in Maui

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LAHAINA, Hawai’i — Oregon preseason All-American Dillon Brooks nailed a 3-pointer with 22.5 second left in overtime to break a 65-65 deadlock and lift the 13th-ranked Ducks to a 69-65 victory over Tennessee at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tuesday at Lahaina Civic Center.
Brooks, who led the Ducks (3-2) with 17 points, added a free throw in the final second of overtime for the final margin.
The Volunteers (1-3) play their third and final game of the tournament Wednesday, when they face either Chaminade or UConn at 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
Detrick Mostella led the way for Tennessee, finishing with 22 points and a career-high nine rebounds in 25 minutes. The junior fouled out with 2:04 to play.
True freshman forward John Fulkerson also had a significant impact during his season-high 37 minutes. The Kingsport, Tennessee, native came off the bench to log 12 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and a pair of steals.
A sloppy start to the second half by Tennessee–which committed six turnovers during the first four minutes–keyed a 19-2 run for Oregon spanning both halves that had the Ducks leading, 45-34, at the 11:26 mark.
But the Big Orange clawed their way back behind big baskets by freshmen Kwe Parker, Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner. Fulkerson added five free throws during the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Tennessee out-rebounded the Ducks 42-37 and received 43 points from its bench players. But 25 UT turnovers proved to be too much to overcome, despite forcing overtime for the first time in the two-year tenure of head coach Rick Barnes.
The Ducks raced out to a quick 9-1 lead Tuesday, but for second time in as many days, Mostella jumpstarted the UT offense, coming off the bench to drill a pair of 3-pointers that tied the score at 9-9.
Tennessee pulled ahead by four, 25-21, on a transition layup in traffic by Mostella. The basket gave Mostella 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting to that point.
The Vols’ largest lead of the first half was eight points, with 2:40 left on the clock. But Oregon strung together a 6-0 run over the final 90 seconds of the half to make it 32-32 at the break.
Tuesday marked just the second all-time meeting between the two programs. Tennessee defeated Oregon in the 1964 Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon.
FOR STARTERS
Tennessee on Tuesday used its fourth different starting lineup in four games this season. The Vols’ starters were Shembari Phillips, Jordan Bowden, Robert Hubbs III, Grant Williams and Kyle Alexander. It was Williams’ first collegiate start.
HOT HALF FOR MOSTELLA
Guard Detrick Mostella erupted for 18 points off the bench in the first half Tuesday, marking the highest-scoring half of the junior’s career. His high-powered half came on 6-of-8 shooting. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. The Decatur, Alabama, native also grabbed three rebounds during the first half, and he did it all in only 12 minutes of action.
FRESHMAN DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR FULKERSON
With his 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. the No. 13 Ducks Tuesday, John Fulkerson became the first Tennessee freshman to record a double-double since current Denver Nuggets forward Jarnell Stokes had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Vanderbilt on March 3, 2012.
VOLS IN OVERTIME
This was Tennessee’s first overtime game since defeating Vanderbilt in Nashville by a score of 76-73 in overtime on Feb. 11, 2015. Tuesday was Tennessee’s first overtime contest of the Rick Barnes era

BY TENNESSEE

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