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Tennessee 73, Southern Cal 66

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Julian Phillips scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 22 Tennessee hold off Southern California 73-66 in overtime in the semifinals at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The first-year forward made 7 of 13 shots and 10 of 12 free throws to go with eight rebounds for the Volunteers (4-1), with four of those free throws coming in the OT.

Santiago Vescovi overcame a rough shooting game to hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:45 left in the extra period, while Zakai Zeigler went 4 for 4 at the line in the final 23.7 seconds left of overtime to seal the win.

Tennessee won despite playing a second straight day without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (13.7 points per game) due to soreness in his left knee. He had an offseason procedure on that same joint, and coach Rick Barnes said he's day-to-day.

Boogie Ellis scored 21 points in his second big output in as many days to lead the Trojans (4-2).

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers pulled away in the second half to beat Butler in Wednesday night's final first-round game. This time, Tennessee won despite shooting just 3 for 18 from 3-point range, though the Volunteers made 22 of 26 free throws.

USC: The Trojans beat BYU in Wednesday's first round behind a big performance from Ellis, who scored 21 of his 27 points after the break. But the Trojans committed 20 turnovers that the Volunteers converted into 25 points.

November 24, 2022


USC
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Morgan F 26 3-5 0-0 0-0 2-5 1 4 1 1 4 6
D. Peterson G 43 4-10 1-1 0-2 1-6 5 0 1 7 4 9
R. Dixon-Waters G 40 2-8 2-2 0-2 0-5 0 2 1 5 4 6
B. Ellis G 35 7-14 4-5 3-6 0-3 4 0 0 3 3 21
T. White G 33 5-11 0-0 1-3 0-4 0 1 0 2 1 11
K. Johnson   22 4-8 0-0 1-2 3-5 1 1 3 0 1 9
K. Wright   19 2-4 0-0 0-0 2-5 0 0 0 0 4 4
M. Thomas   6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 2 0
Totals   224 27-60
(.450)
7-8
(.875)
5-15
(.333)
9-37 11 8 7 20 23 66


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Phillips F 38 7-13 10-12 1-1 4-8 2 1 2 1 2 25
O. Nkamhoua F 37 5-8 2-2 0-0 2-6 1 1 1 1 2 12
U. Plavsic F 14 1-3 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 0 1 1 1 2
S. Vescovi G 37 3-13 0-0 1-8 0-4 5 0 1 1 2 7
T. Key G 25 2-7 3-4 1-5 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 8
Z. Zeigler   33 1-6 4-4 0-3 0-3 3 0 2 3 1 6
J. Aidoo   25 2-10 2-2 0-1 5-9 1 0 2 2 0 6
J. Mashack   14 3-4 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 3 1 1 7
Totals   223 24-64
(.375)
22-26
(.846)
3-18
(.167)
14-38 14 2 12 11 10 73
Officials: Tony Padilla, Bert Smith, Owen Shortt




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