NASHVILLE — A questionable non-call and too much Rod Odom led to the end of the Tennessee men’s basketball team’s string of positivity.
UT lost to Vanderbilt 64-60 at Memorial Gym on Wednesday. UT (14-8, 5-4 SEC) severed a two-game win streak while Vanderbilt (13-8, 5-4) stretched its fun of consecutive victories to four.
Vanderbilt senior forward Rod Odom led all scorers with 26 points. He plagued the Vols all night, no more so than when he made two free throws closed the door. Odom sank the game’s final two points from the charity stripe with three seconds remaining.
Those shots came after UT guard Josh Richardson tried to tie the game with a hard drive to the rim. There was contact under the basket, but no foul was called. Jarnell Stokes was whistled for the foul on Odom after he corralled the ball that was stripped from Richardson.
UT had tied the game at 53-53 with 6:35 to play after trailing by as much as 10 in the first half.
Jordan McRae led the Vols with 16 points on six of 18 shooting. Josh Richarson scored 14 and Jarnell Stokes had 11.
Vanderbilt point guard scored 12 points and dished 10 assists for the Commodores.
Ben Frederickson covers UT men’s basketball. Follow him at twitter.com/Ben_Fred