Feb. 28, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Scooter McFadgon made a 3-pointer and six free throws in the final 1:19 and Tennessee held on to beat Auburn 75-69 Saturday night.
The Volunteers (14-11, 6-8 Southeastern Conference) trailed by six with 7:18 remaining and after Brandon Crump, Tennessee's main inside scorer, was ejected for fighting along with Auburn's Marco Killingsworth.
But Tennessee countered with an 8-0 run to go ahead 61-59 with 5:29 left.
The teams traded the lead several times and were tied at 66 with two minutes left. Then McFadgon hit a 3, and the Tigers (13-12, 4-10) turned it over at the other end.
He was fouled on the Vols' next possession with 38.6 and sank both free throws.
McFadgon went to the foul line two more times before the buzzer. He finished with 23 points and was 13-of-13 on free throws for the game.
Auburn's Ian Young hit a 3 with 19.3 seconds to go, but the Tigers couldn't rally.
C.J. Watson added 16 points and Crump had 10 for the Vols, who snapped their two-game losing streak and won for the 13th time at home this season.
Reserve Brandon Robinson had 19 points and 12 rebounds while Young added 11 points and Quinnel Brown had 10 for Auburn, which has lost three straight games.
The Tigers, who dropped to 1-6 on the road in the SEC, took their first lead of the game five minutes into the second half and stretched it to four points.
Tennessee chipped away and tied it at 53 on Watson's 3-pointer with 8:58 left.
Technical fouls were called on Crump and Killingsworth for fighting after the play, and both players were ejected after head official Ted Valentine reviewed the video replay several times.
Auburn trailed by only five points at halftime despite shooting just 25
percent from the field (8-of-32). The Tigers were better in the second half,
going 15-of-31 from the floor.