Tennessee handed Saturday's game to Austin Peay, literally and figuratively.
Scores of turnovers, lackluster defense and an unwillingness to move the ball on the perimeter led to the Vols losing to Austin Peay for the first time in school history after entering the game as a 12-point favorite.
The Governors hit their last seven shots in capping a successful late-game rally, scoring a 74-70 victory before a season-low crowd of 14,692 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
In addition to it being Austin Peay's first victory against the Vols in the nine-game series, it was only the second game the Ohio Valley Conference Governors (2-9) have won this season.
UT (3-5) turned the ball over a season-high 18 times, leading by as many as 12 points in the second half before failing to score after going up 70-66 with 2:23 remaining.
"We lost control,'' said UT center Kenny Hall, who scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, including a career-high seven offensive boards.
"It looks bad when you see yourself out there doing things you don't work on. It's going to show up when we watch the film.''
UT coach Cuonzo Martin didn't need to review the film to share his impression.
"I thought there was a lot of individual play,'' a somber Martin told the media after the game. "They (Austin Peay) shot 73 percent in the second half; I think that's taking pride in guarding your man and not consuming yourself on the offensive end of the ball.
"When you are concerned with how many shots you got, and the shots aren't falling, it could be a long night.''
In short, some of the Vols got selfish with the ball and allowed their offensive struggles to affect their defensive effort.
Video highlights of the UT-Austin Peay game
Jeronne Maymon led UT with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds in addition to scrapping for two steals. Jordan McRae had 14 points and three steals.
Josh Terry was the hero for Austin Peay in the program's historical win, scoring a game-high 20 points including a reverse layup with 1:02 left that gave the Governors their first lead since midway through the first half.
TyShwan Edmondson scored 19 points including a floater with 15.7 seconds left that gave Austin Peay a three-point cushion that held up when UT point guard Trae Golden missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
The Vols were 5-of-19 shooting beyond the 3-point arc; Skylar McBee was 3-of-6, but Golden struggled, going 1-of-5 shooting the three and 1-of-9 from the floor.
"I didn't get a lot of touches in the second half; I didn't think about it during the game,'' said Maymon, who had 14 first-half points as UT took a seemingly comfortable 37-30 lead into intermission. "Now, I'm looking at it like, 'why wasn't it getting into the paint when we had so many points there?' "
The Vols, who struggled in the early season near the basket, outscored the Govs in the paint 28-8 in the first half, but were outscored in the interior in the second half 16-14.
Austin Peay center John Fraley had something to do with that. Fraley, a three-year starter making his first appearance since suffering a severe concussion in the Govs' season-opening 80-71 loss to Middle Tennessee State, had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
"He makes a big difference for us on the boards, and just his presence out there is important,'' Austin Peay coach Dave Loos said. "This is really huge for us going forward. It's hard to explain ... we had not been shooting it well.''
Maymon wore a look of disbelief throughout the postgame interview session.
"We already had enough motivation, with a lot of people doubting us,'' Maymon said. "Right now, we're not making a good point for ourselves.''
UT returns to action at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the College of Charleston. The Cougars (7-1), beat the Vols in Knoxville last season, 91-78.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32