3 things from Tennessee basketball’s heartbreaking 63-62 NCAA Tournament loss to Loyola Chicago

DALLAS — Tennessee basketball’s return to the NCAA Tournament proved to be a short one, the Vols missing on a last-second shot and chance to advance to the Sweet 16.

Loyola Chicago scored a 63-62 win over Tennessee Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center in the Round of 32.

The Vols (26-9) rallied to reclaim the lead after trailing by  9 points with 3:25 left, finding their shooting range and muscle in the paint.

Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer for his first points of the second half,  triggering an 11-1 run that Grant Williams capped with a conventional three-point play.

Williams’ basket and ensuing free throw gave the Vols a 62-61 lead with 20.1 seconds left, Tennessee’s first lead since the 6-minute mark of  the first half.

Loyola Chicago wasn’t finished, however. Guard Clayton Custer hit a jumper that rattled in with 3.6 seconds left to put the Ramblers back up 63-62.

Tennessee inbounded and Jordan Bone raced the ball up court, but his shot from the top of the key rattled out at the buzzer.

Schofield led the Vols with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Bone had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Tennessee trailed at the half, 29-25, falling behind in the midst of an 8-0 Loyola Chicago run with Schofield on the bench with two fouls.

The Ramblers out-rebounded the Vols through the first 20 minutes, 14-12, and dished out 10 assists with just six turnovers.

Loyola Chicago was more efficient in most all aspects in the first half, including going 4-for-4 shooting at the free-throw line while Tennessee was just 1-of-3.

The Vols guards struggled from beyond the 3-point arc early, a combined 1-of-8 in the first half.

Key stat

The Ramblers were 11 of 16 at the free-throw line, while Tennessee was just 3 of 6.

Admiral’s foul issues

Early foul troubles took Admiral Schofield out of sync.Tennessee was leading 15-12 at the 11:56 mark when Schofield picked up his second foul and went to the bench. Schofield scored 11 of the Vols first 15 points, but without him on the floor, Tennessee struggled. Loyola Chicago was up 25-22 when Barnes up Schofield back in at the 4:33 mark. Schofield was a non-factor much of the second half.

First Half Slump

Tennessee jumped out to a 15-6 lead and hit 6-of-8 shots the first five minutes of the game. Loyola Chicago adjusted, however, and the Vols were 4-of-18 shooting the final 15 minutes of the first half. Jordan Bone was the only Tennessee player to score a basket the final 7 1/2 minutes of the first half, hitting a 3-pointer at the 6:44 mark and a jumper with 34 seconds left in the half.

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