No. 1 Gonzaga Upset by No. 7 Tennessee as Admiral Schofield Drops 30 Points

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2018

Tennessee's Admiral Schofield (5) celebrates a win over Gonzaga in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
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No. 1 Gonzaga suffered its first loss of the 2018-19 season as No. 7 Tennessee pulled off a 76-73 upset Sunday.

Admiral Schofield scored 30 points for the Volunteers, including the game-winning three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. He scored each of the team's final 11 points in the come-from-behind victory at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

The neutral-court tilt was the first of two games in the Air Force Reserve Jerry Colangelo Classic. No. 6 Nevada and Grand Canyon were to tip off at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Gonzaga, which entered the day with a 9-0 record and has been the No. 1 team in the country since the week after it beat Duke on Nov. 21, appeared set for another victory when it pulled away late in the second half. The Bulldogs led 64-55 with six minutes remaining and had plenty of momentum after a Brandon Clarke dunk.

The Volunteers, however, scored 13 of the next 17 points to tie the game at 68.

Even with Grant Williams on the bench after he fouled out, Schofield took over to lead Tennessee to a huge victory:

Rui Hachimura had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but couldn't convert. Gonzaga got 21 points each from Hachimura and Clarke.

Williams finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but Schofield was the star of the game with the senior shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range.

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