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Dec. 11, 2011

Tennessee knocked off DePaul for the 19th time in 19 series meetings Sunday to highlight a limited UT athletics weekend.

The Lady Vols won 84-61 as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden. Tennessee's men's basketball team lost Saturday at home to Austin Peay, 74-70.

Head coach Pat Summitt was honored with the Maggie Dixon Courage Award during Sunday's opening game between No. 1-ranked Baylor and St. John's. Both the Lady Bears and Red Storm players came out of their timeouts to applaud the winningest coach in college basketball.

It was the second time Tennessee has played in the classic named for the former Army women's coach. The 28-year-old Dixon died suddenly in 2006, just three weeks after her first season as Army coach. She led Army to its first NCAA berth, where the Cadets lost in the first round to Tennessee.

UT's win started a four-game, two-coast road trip that continues Tuesday at Rutgers. The Lady Vols then head west to take on UCLA (Saturday) and Stanford (Dec. 20).

The Vols saw hot-shooting Austin Peay score the last eight points Saturday for its first-ever victory over UT. The Governors made 16 of their 22 second-half field goal attempts to rally from 11 points down in the last 6½ minutes.

Women's Basketball (1-0 for the weekend)
Lady Vols 84, DePaul 61
NEW YORK - Glory Johnson scored 16 points and Cierra Burdick added 15 to help No. 7 Tennessee beat No. 20 DePaul 84-61 on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points while Alicia Manning had season-highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Vols (5-2), who saw their 12-point halftime lead cut to 41-37 before using an 15-4 run to take control. Stricklen had six points during the burst. Her layup made it 56-43 with 11:19 left and DePaul (8-2) couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was honored during No. 1 Baylor's 73-59 victory over St. John's with the Maggie Dixon Courage award. Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Both the Lady Bears and Red Storm came out of their timeouts to applaud the winningest coach in college basketball.

Next: Tuesday at Rutgers, 7 p.m.; Saturday at UCLA, 2 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. Eastern) // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Basketball (0-1 for the weekend)
Austin Peay 74, Vols 70
KNOXVILLE -- Hot-shooting Austin Peay scored the game's final eight points and claimed its first-ever win over Tennessee, 74-70, Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Governors won for the second time in as many games after starting the season 0-9.

"Austin Peay did a good job of shooting the ball, especially in the second half," UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "(They scored) 27 points off turnovers and did a good job of speeding us up with pressure. We had six or seven unforced turnovers in the second half."

Tennessee (3-5) led by as many as 12 points in the second half and still owned a comfortable 64-53 advantage after Josh Richardson's driving layup with 6:27 remaining. But Austin Peay answered with a 9-0 run over the next 90 seconds and then closed the game with an 8-0 spurt to win for just the third time in school history against an SEC opponent.

Next: Wednesday at College of Charleston, 9 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

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