Precious Achiuwa. Alex Lomax. Damion Baugh. Tyler Harris. Boogie Ellis. Isaiah Maurice. D.J. Jeffries.
The whole lot of them combined to march right into Rocky Top and avenge a loss to Tennessee that’s been festering for almost a year. No. 17 Memphis walked into Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday with a chip on its shoulder the size of the Volunteer State and walked out with a 51-47 win. It’s the seventh consecutive victory for the Tigers and the first time since 2010-11 they have started the season 9-1.
Lomax hit two free throws with 7.9 seconds left in the game to seal the win against the No. 17 Vols (7-2).
It’s Penny Hardaway’s first win over a ranked opponent in his coaching career. Hardaway is also the first Memphis coach to beat the Vols in his first game at Knoxville. The victory also snaps a 31-game home winning streak for Tennessee.
“Unbelievable game. Young team,” Hardaway said. “We knew we were going to have our hands full coming into this building, especially about how the game went last year.
“It’s the best win of my college career. I mean, a 31-game (home) win streak, 31 teams came in here before us (and lost). I think that’s big.”
Harris and Jeffries led the way with 11 points apiece. Baugh added 10 points.