That opened the door for Nebraska to steal a victory as Marcus Neal was fouled by C.J. Watson on a three-point attempt with 1.2 seconds and calmly stepped to the line and sank all three free throws to give the Cornhuskers a 62-61 victory in Knoxville.
A dunk by Jason Dourisseau at the 34-second mark ended a 10-0 run by Tennessee and pulled the Huskers to within 61-59 to set the stage for Neal's free throw heroics. A half-court desperation attempt by Watson at buzzer was no good as Tennessee fell to 6-5 and Nebraska improved to 5-4 on the season.
The disappointing finish, which featured a pair of misses from the foul line by the normally reliable Scooter McFadgon with 9.8 seconds left, overshadowed an excellent night by UT center Brandon Crump who hit 9-of-12 from the field and finished with a game-high 19 points. Watson had a double-double for the Vols with 11 points and 10 assists, but Tennessee couldn't overcome a 6-of-17 performance from the free throw line.
The Vols return to action Sunday with a home game against Coastal Carolina.