Vols beat Georgia on Brian Williams' shot at buzzer, 59-57

Tennessee's Brian Williams leads the victory charge down the court after hitting the winning shot as time expires for a 59-57 victory over Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.

Photo by Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Tennessee's Brian Williams leads the victory charge down the court after hitting the winning shot as time expires for a 59-57 victory over Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.

ATHENS, Ga. - Tennessee's Brian "Big Baby" Williams made the biggest shot at Georgia on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Williams rebounded Tobias Harris' missed 3-pointer and put the ball back up and in as time expired in Stegeman Coliseum, lifting the Vols to a 59-57 win over the Bulldogs.

"I saw there was point-something left, so I just let it go,'' Williams said. "I'm grateful it went in, I'm grateful we got the victory ... I'm grateful to be a Tennessee Vol.''

The officials checked Williams' shot at the replay monitor before ruling it good, sending a raucous near-capacity crowd of 10,523 stomping off to the exits.

Scotty Hopson and Harris led UT (12-6, 2-2 SEC) with 15 points apiece, and Williams scored 10.

The Vols played without coach Bruce Pearl, who served the fourth game of his eight-game SEC suspension.

Pearl will return to the bench when UT plays at No. 10 Connecticut (12-2) on Saturday. Pearl's suspension doesn't include non-conference games.

Travis Leslie and Gerald Robinson had 14 points each for the Bulldogs (13-4, 2-2), and preseason All-SEC player of the year Trey Thompkins had 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

UT associate head coach Tony Jones, calling the game in Pearl's place, set up the game-winning play after Melvin Goins chased down a loose ball near midcourt and called time out with 27.8 seconds left.

"It was a battle for the ball, and I knew whoever got possession would win that game,'' Goins said. "We were confident, and our guys were playing hard and fighting hard out there.''

The final play was designed to go to Hopson, but Georgia was ready with a double team, and Hopson was forced to kick the ball out to Goins. Goins drove the lane before swinging the ball over to Harris in the corner.

"I had a good look,'' said Harris, who was 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. "But I think Thompkins tipped it.''

The ball missed the rim with Georgia's Chris Barnes (6-8, 240) holding the inside position for the rebound.

Barnes had the ball above his head when Williams pulled it from him and shot with Barnes backpedaling into him.

"Tennessee made more plays than we did,'' said Bulldogs coach Mark Fox, whose team was 8-0 at home entering the game. "They made one more, for sure. We did everything, including blocking out. We just didn't secure the rebound.''

Hopson and Leslie, guarding each other, ran into foul trouble and were out of the game down the stretch before being re-inserted with 2:51 left and Georgia up 54-53.

UT's Josh Bone made a floater as the shot clock expired with 2:24 left to put the Vols up, 55-54.

Williams followed with a basket inside to extend the lead to 57-54, but the Bulldogs tied it on Dustin Ware's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.

Hopson missed on his ensuing drive, and the ball was batted back out, with Goins securing the most pivotal 50-50 ball of the night.

The Vols held a 35-33 lead at the half, with Hopson scoring nine of his 11 first-half points in the opening nine minutes as UT went up 14-10.

Georgia went on a 13-2 run that was capped by Thompkins' three-point play that gave the Bulldogs a 23-16 lead at the 7:56 mark.

Georgia still was up seven when Skylar McBee hit a trey that ignited a 14-2 run that included three consecutive 3-pointers by Harris.

Thompkins scored the final three points of the half from the foul line, included two that came when Williams was called for a technical for grabbing the rim on a missed free throw.

"Each of these last four games have come down to the end,'' Jones said. "We told the guys, 'Don't let doubt creep into your mind, we're going to win this game.' "

The Vols' next home game is at 8 p.m. next Wednesday against LSU.

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dvols writes:

bottom!!!!!!!!!!

osbymartin#581730 writes:

Who would have thought UT would be 2-2 right now..18 mins in down 17 to Vandy staring 0-3 in the face. Hard work and hustle and here we are. Big win on the road!

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Wooooot!!!!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

Did we get our luck back?

vol88 writes:

It's about time something went our way. GBO!

Cldvols1 writes:

Go Big Orange!!!

manoffewwords writes:

These guys can't play, Tony Jones can't coach and Bruce Must go. BS

wildcatbasketball writes:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

PeterBiggs writes:

great effort, Vols. GBO

rockytopnation16 writes:

UT was due for this after the Music City Bowl...

GerryOP writes:

Wow! Just Wow!

rockytopatl writes:

It was one helluva shot Williams made, with the man from whom he stole the rebound hanging onto his arm as he shot. Bottom!

iowavol writes:

Bout time govols posted an article. Didn't see the game so the first thing to say is great win by the Vols. However, did see that stats. What is the bs between the foul shots - 5/7 for the vols and 11/13 for GA? How did Scotty score 11 in the first half and almost none the second? Of course, all these stats come from other web sites.

Regardless, looks like the Vols held Thompkins to a season low - at least at the percentage level. Looks like ESPN is crying that Williams was over the back on the last second put back. What did replay show?

everydayisorange writes:

Unbelieveable! Dawgs on ESPN site complaining about the Refs. Box score Tn Vols 18 fouls Dawgs 13 fouls so everything is even at the end! HA HA! GBO!!!

vol_4_fan writes:

Solid effort by all. Go Vols!

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

Thanks for the Congrats..but couldn't do it without getting in a jab huh??

PeterBiggs writes:

refs aside, we were due

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

You are correct sir. But it was about time a UT team caught a break from the officials.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

I agree,wcbb,we did get lucky, but I will take it..The UGA coach should have called a timeout and then the refs could have reviewed the basket..Would have been no basket..I guess it was meant to be.

volaboard writes:

Great win! Why no point guard in the game from about 9:00 minutes to 6:00 in the second half? Is Cameron Tatum a photographer for KNS? Does he EVER block out?

ratkins589#246270 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

thanks for your comcern but I saw bad calls on both ends Dude

HtownVol writes:

NO MORE REFS STEALING A WIN!!

What a shot... He pulled it out his... (actually off the UGA players head) but I love it!

I never want it to come down to that again.

What was up with so many Air Balls?

I saw way too much standing around tonight. When the players move and play hard we score and get stops. Then a lot of times we stand around pass the ball 30 feet from the basket and forget there is a shot clock.

Hopson came out with a killer instinct then lost it. If we can get him to play with that scoring attitude for 40 minutes and Harris to have that stroke he had tonight (no pun..) we would be hard to stop.

A win at UCONN will take this team back where they need to be (til the next game). Seriously which team will show up one minute to the next?

I was SO EXCITED when BW made that shot though..GREAT WIN.

GO VOLS!

iowavol writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

Unbelieveable! Dawgs on ESPN site complaining about the Refs. Box score Tn Vols 18 fouls Dawgs 13 fouls so everything is even at the end! HA HA! GBO!!!

Yeah, ESPN is encouraging them to complain too. But the fouls are what I was interested in - looks a little disparaging. Especially since Fields only had one foul.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

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PeterBiggs writes:

in response to iowavol:

Bout time govols posted an article. Didn't see the game so the first thing to say is great win by the Vols. However, did see that stats. What is the bs between the foul shots - 5/7 for the vols and 11/13 for GA? How did Scotty score 11 in the first half and almost none the second? Of course, all these stats come from other web sites.

Regardless, looks like the Vols held Thompkins to a season low - at least at the percentage level. Looks like ESPN is crying that Williams was over the back on the last second put back. What did replay show?

Scotty got in foul trouble early and had to ride the pine. We got hosed in terms of fouls called , so the bad officiating evened out. GBO.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to manoffewwords:

These guys can't play, Tony Jones can't coach and Bruce Must go. BS

lol

fat kid on the playground is back

go back to moms basement no one cares

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I don't know. Couldn't see it so had to listen to Bob and Bert. All I can say is both teams slugged it out and it was a nail biter.

I do hope Georgia fans don't turn on their team like some of our fans do when we lose a game. Once again, I have no idea how it looked without seeing it, but am extremely surprised at the outcome. Wasn't UGA the one who beat Kentucky?

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

Yeah, now we know how you blue fans have felt while enjoying home court officiating in every house in the SEC all these years. Just like you, I like it fine.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Damn dude....you having a bad day?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

He was just congratulating us on the win..We did get lucky because the shot clock had clearly run out...But I'll take the win regardless of how we got it.

james#216392 writes:

Good win. Now let's win the Big East.

VOL1SG writes:

Great win for the VOLS tonight. Great job by BWill to continue fighting. Nothing to lose. Thankfullly I checked online to see if they were playing because I was able to watch the last the 6:44 of the game.

It's Great To Be A Tennessee VOL!!!!

iowavol writes:

in response to PeterBiggs:

Scotty got in foul trouble early and had to ride the pine. We got hosed in terms of fouls called , so the bad officiating evened out. GBO.

appreciate the feedback. Scotty getting in foul trouble is surprising in itself. Looks like the balance of fouls called was definitely skewed. Not unusual for our teams.

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

It was ugly but it was a win over a very good Georgia team...they lost at Georgia last season and this is a much better Georgia team....good teams find a way to win the good ones

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

I don't know. Couldn't see it so had to listen to Bob and Bert. All I can say is both teams slugged it out and it was a nail biter.

I do hope Georgia fans don't turn on their team like some of our fans do when we lose a game. Once again, I have no idea how it looked without seeing it, but am extremely surprised at the outcome. Wasn't UGA the one who beat Kentucky?

You are correct, ocv.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

First of all CONGRATS UT but....UT fans please never talk about the refs any longer. 2 Point shot was no good (ball still in hands clearly)...then over the back by Williams at the end!!! But a win is a win!!! CONGRATS again!!

Just a makeup call for giving Brian a technical for HANGING ON THE RIM when it was clear that Ga. had their hands on the ball while in the cylinder!!

We did get a break on the Bone basket, however!
Great overall game by the Vols.

everydayisorange writes:

in response to iowavol:

Yeah, ESPN is encouraging them to complain too. But the fouls are what I was interested in - looks a little disparaging. Especially since Fields only had one foul.

I think it's hilarious! Went back a little and UT fans were talking about the difference in fouls called and dawg fans said no problem! Then the end and now they are going crazy saying refs cheated them! Unbelieveable, the diference from one minute to the next! HA HA HA! GBO!!! By the way, were is cccl or whatever! just sayin!

PeterBiggs writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Just a makeup call for giving Brian a technical for HANGING ON THE RIM when it was clear that Ga. had their hands on the ball while in the cylinder!!

We did get a break on the Bone basket, however!
Great overall game by the Vols.

Thanks for the reminder. That technical was so wrong. Things evened out, this time.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

CAT
Are you watching your team play??

WLE1 writes:

ESPN's crybaby announcers were wailing on how BW was over the Georgia players back on the last bucket instead of praising him on having the strength to take the ball away and make the shot. He wasn't even touching the GA defender.

samjcarroll writes:

they are still driving me nuts not moving and cutting away from the ball on offense. Tatum needs some pine time as well. McBee looked good tonite. shot the ball with purpose.

Joelomite2j writes:

I was right behind the basket when Williams got it. The looks GA FANS had was PRICELESS while I was running up the stairs out of the stadium! GO VOLS

rdrgtr writes:

I have watched Briam Williams play just about every game he has played at UT. He has been every officials whipping boy for years. He has received countless bad calls. I feel that tonight has been a long time coming. If you watch the replay you will see the ball coming off the rim longer than the GA player realizes. He is actually moving backwards into BW and then fouls BW but no call on that. Not complaining, just glad we won. I am very glad for Big Brian!!!

lomas98 writes:

in response to iowavol:

appreciate the feedback. Scotty getting in foul trouble is surprising in itself. Looks like the balance of fouls called was definitely skewed. Not unusual for our teams.

Scotty had a little pep in his step tonight from the beginning. He was overplaying a little bit on the defensive end and picked up some quick fouls and had to sit down. I will take that overplaying if he brings it like that offensively every night. Overall defense played great. How many blocked shots did they have? They guarded Thompkins and Leslie pretty good and made the other players beat them. Even if we lost, it was good game plan and effort.

iowavol writes:

in response to VOL1SG:

Great win for the VOLS tonight. Great job by BWill to continue fighting. Nothing to lose. Thankfullly I checked online to see if they were playing because I was able to watch the last the 6:44 of the game.

It's Great To Be A Tennessee VOL!!!!

Where did you go online? Usually, I'm pretty good finding things like this. I didn't get to a place with internet access until there were only 3 or 4 minutes left, but couldn't find a feed.

midnite__VOL writes:

Sweet victory!

JacksonvilleVol writes:

I wish we keep getting contested down low, because that really is the only way Brian Williams and the other Forwards are going to learn the game. Throw them in the fire and let them fight and in the process, learn the game. And they certainly are learning a lot these past two games. Keep fighting, even when the shots don't go!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

How about this tidbit, I think UT has been playing much better with Maymon riding the pine. Was he the main problem this whole time as far as chemistry? Also, I like the way Jones has been substituting Steven and Skylar. Getting some valuable minutes, but only when a player is in need of a blow instead of automatically at the 16:00 minute mark.

HarryHood writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

I don't know. Couldn't see it so had to listen to Bob and Bert. All I can say is both teams slugged it out and it was a nail biter.

I do hope Georgia fans don't turn on their team like some of our fans do when we lose a game. Once again, I have no idea how it looked without seeing it, but am extremely surprised at the outcome. Wasn't UGA the one who beat Kentucky?

UGA did beat UK, but UK is playing like garbage against 'Bama right now.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

Unbelieveable! Dawgs on ESPN site complaining about the Refs. Box score Tn Vols 18 fouls Dawgs 13 fouls so everything is even at the end! HA HA! GBO!!!

We raised cane over the LSU AND N.C. GAMES BUT IT DIDN'T HELP..All they can do is blame themselves for letting it come down to the last shot...

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