KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Keith Benson had 26 points and 10
rebounds and Oakland beat No. 7 Tennessee 89-82 on Tuesday night,
three days after losing by a point to then-No. 7 Michigan State.
It was the Golden Grizzlies' second win over a ranked opponent
in 27 tries and only the second time the Volunteers have lost on
their home court to a non-conference opponent in coach Bruce
Pearl's six seasons. The loss came one day after Tennessee climbed
into the Top 10 after beating Pittsburgh.
The Vols held a 76-68 lead with 7:18 left, but their physical
play inside drew foul after foul. Oakland (6-5) used a 13-0 run of
mostly free throws and took an 81-76 lead that it would not
Tennessee (7-1) missed four free throws and a few 3-pointers
down the stretch that could have cut the lead.
Brian Williams led the Vols with 18 points and 13 rebounds and
Melvin Goins had 18 points.