Vols advance past Iowa, 78-65

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Tennessee overcame a sputtering start to defeat Iowa 78-65 on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, in the program's 20th NCAA Tournament appearance.

Tennessee (22-12) advances as the No. 11 seed and plays No. 6-seeded Massachusetts in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon at 2:45 EST (TV: CBS).

The victory is the Vols' sixth in its last seventh games, including a Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal trip.

A clutch effort at the free-throw line was pivotal in the Big Orange getting the advantage in the bonus period. For the game, the Vols hit 83.3 percent (25-30) of their free throws.

Four players scored in double figures for Tennessee. Jordan McRae scored 20 to go with four rebounds and three assists. Jarnell Stokes contributed 18 points and 13 boards. Josh Richardson bucketed 17 to go with eight rebounds. Antonio Barton provided 10 points.

Adam Woodbury's 16 points and eight rebounds paced Iowa (20-13).

The teams were tied at 64-all at the end of regulation. The Hawkeyes held the Vols scoreless the first 6 minutes of the game and were up 29-26 at halftime.

It was coach Cuonzo Martin's first NCAA Tournament victory since his arrival at Tennessee. His career record in Knoxville goes to 61-40.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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