VOLS STUN GEORGIA TECH 70-69 AT BUZZER

After a season in 2001-02 when Tennessee was unlucky in many contests, the Vols felt that pain again as a two-point loss was about to be handed to them by Georgia Tech on Sunday evening. Then luck jumped off Tennessee's bench with 0.5 seconds remaining in the game and Ron Slay throwing the ball in from the opposite end of the court.

Jon Higgins hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give Tennessee a dramatic 70-69 win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta.

After Georgia Tech's B.J. Elder hit 1-of-2 free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining to give the Yellow Jackets a 69-67 lead, Ron Slay fired a halfcourt pass to Higgins who launched the game-winner.

"Sometines those are best the kind of shots," said Higgins. "Slay threw a perfect pass and I just caught it and shot it."

The Vols battled back from a 62-49 deficit with 7:25 remaining to tie the game, 64-64, on a C.J. Watson three-pointer with 1:51 remaining.

Slay, the SEC's leading scorer, led Tennessee (3-1) with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Slay connected on 11-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range.

B.J. Elder scored 21 points to lead Georgia Tech (4-2).

After falling behind by 13 to open the second half 12-2 Tech run, Slay led the Vols back to close the gap to four (49-45) at the 13:01 mark.

Despite outshooting and outrebounding the Yellow Jackets in the first half, Georgia Tech took a 35-32 advantage into the break. The Vols committed 14 first-half turnovers.

The rejuvenated Tennessee team will return to action Tuesday, hosting Charleston Southern in Knoxville at 7:30 p.m. (EST).


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