NASHVILLE (AP) – Josh Richardson scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half, and Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 67-61 Thursday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
These in-state rivals hadn’t played each other in the tournament since 1987 with Tennessee winning that game, and they split the first two games in league play winning on each other’s home court this season.
No. 10 seed Tennessee (16-15) kept its season alive by finishing the game on a 20-2 run started with 6:18 left after trailing 59-47. The Vols will play No. 21 Arkansas on Friday night in the quarterfinals.
Robert Hubbs matched his career-high with 16 points for Tennessee, and Devon Baulkman had 12.
Vanderbilt (19-13) snapped a five-game winning streak. The Commodores hit only one of their final 10 shots and turned it over five times down the stretch.
Damian Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Vandy.
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