PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – No. 22 Tennessee got here out on high in a back-and-forth affair Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals, outlasting USC in additional time, 73-66.
Tennessee and USC performed forwards and backwards for the primary three minutes of the additional time interval, as Trojan guard Boogie Ellis’ baseline jumper knotted the rating at 66 with 2:09 remaining in OT.
On the following journey down the court docket, Santiago Vescovi drained a 3-pointer from the wing because the shot clock wound down to present the Vols a 69-66 lead.
From there, Tennessee pressured three straight USC turnovers and Zakai Zeigler was 4-for-4 on the line to seal the win.
Freshman Julian Phillips paced the Vols offensively all sport, ending with a career-high and game-high 25 factors on 7-for-13 capturing.He additionally pulled down eight rebounds and was 10-for-12 on the free-throw line.
Olivier Nkamhoua additionally scored in double figures for the Vols, registering a 12-point, six-rebound efficiency on 5-for-8 capturing.
With Tennessee trailing 62-60 with simply over a minute to play in regulation, Phillips discovered Nkamhoua on the block for a contested layup that tied the sport.
On the following possession, the Vols pressured a missed USC 3-pointer and Phillips gathered the rebound with 34 seconds remaining. Tennessee had a shot to win the sport in the closing seconds, however Vescovi’s 3-point try was off the mark.
After Tennessee took a three-point lead into the halftime break, USC threatened to drag away out of the gates in the second half-outscoring the Vols 11-4 in the opening 5 minutes of the interval to drag in entrance by 4 factors at 45-41.
As he did many occasions over the course of the sport, Phillips had a solution for the Vols-getting to the rim for an and-one layup that kicked off a 10-0 Tennessee run and put the Vols again in management.
After USC ended that Tennessee run with a jumper from Kijani Wright, the 2 groups performed the rest of regulation in an eight-point window-with neither group main by greater than 4 factors.
Tennessee led for practically everything of the primary half and took a 37-34 lead into the halftime break.
The Vols prolonged their result in as many as eight factors with 1:13 to go in the opening interval when Mashack stole a USC inbounds go, took the ball the size of the ground and threw down an and-one slam to place Tennessee forward, 37-29.
USC responded nonetheless, scoring the half’s last 5 points-including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Boogie Ellis to carry the Trojans inside three factors.
After a gradual offensive begin to Wednesday’s opening sport in the Bahamas towards Butler, Tennessee was a lot faster out of the gates Thursday-shooting 42 % from the sphere throughout the first half.
Phillips, who recorded a career-high-tying 11 factors towards Butler on Wednesday, achieved a career-high in scoring throughout the first half alone with 13 factors on 4-for-7 capturing.
With the win, Tennessee advances to Friday’s Battle 4 Atlantis championship sport towards No. 3 Kansas, who defeated Wisconsin on Thursday in additional time, 69-68. Tip-off is about for roughly 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.