PHOENIX — Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation’s top-ranked team.
The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them.
Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday.
“Our team really executed in the second half,” Schofield said. “A lot of good looks for a lot of guys and anyone could have knocked down those shots, we have so many talented people on this team.”
Tennessee (7-1) jumped on Gonzaga early and fought back from a nine-point second-half deficit.
Reigning SEC player of the year Grant Williams fouled out with 2:30 left, but the Vols went up two when Schofield banked in a 3-pointer with 80 seconds left.
After Rui Hachimura tied it with two free throws, Schofield hit a long 3 and Tennessee held on for its first win over a No. 1 team — fifth overall — since beating Kansas in 2010.
“We knew it would have a March kind of feel to it,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, who moved into a tie with Gary Williams for 25th in Division I with 668 victories. “When you play against a No. 1 team, you’re going to play 40 minutes and we probably did that better today than we had any other game this season.”
Gonzaga (9-1) had two shots at a tying 3-pointer, but Zach Norvell Jr. and Hachimura missed.
“It was heck of a basketball game,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We just ended up on the short end. They made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”
Alabama 76, Arizona 73: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kira Lewis Jr. made a 3-pointer and two free throws over the final 13 seconds and the Crimson Tide held on for a victory over the Wildcats. Alabama had seven players score during a 23-2 run in the first half to build a 33-14 lead.
Washington 70, Seattle 62: Jaylen Nowell scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half, Noah Dickerson added 13 and the Huskies nearly blew all of a 20-point advantage before holding off the crosstown rival Redhawks.
Montana St. 95, Washington St. 90: KENNEWICK, Wash. — Harald Frey had 31 points and 10 assists to lead the Bobcats over the Cougars at the Toyota Center. Montana State (3-6) also got 24 points from Tyler Hall, while Ladan Ricketts added 18 and Devin Kirby had 10.
No. 4 Virginia 57, VCU 49: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kyle Guy scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, and Ty Jerome had 11 of his 14 in the second for Virginia. The Cavaliers (9-0) missed 13 of its first 15 shots after the break and VCU (7-3), coming off its road upset of Texas on Wednesday, led 37-36 midway through the second half.
No. 6 Nevada 74, Grand Canyon 66: PHOENIX — Jordan Caroline had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Nevada used a late run to finally shake Grand Canyon in the Colangelo Classic. Nevada (10-0) had a short turnaround after playing No. 20 Arizona State late Friday night. The Wolf Pack are off to their best start of the program’s Division I era (1969-70).
No. 15 Virginia Tech 81, South Carolina St. 44: BLACKSBURG, Va. — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to lead Virginia Tech. Alexander-Walker hit 8 of 11 shots, including three 3-pointers for the Hokies (8-1). Damani Applewhite led South Carolina State (2-9) with 10 points.