Facebook Twitter

No. 19 Tennessee ends skid, beats Belmont 66-65

SHARE No. 19 Tennessee ends skid, beats Belmont 66-65
Tennessee's Tobias Harris (12) shoots past Belmont's Mick Hedgepeth during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee’s Tobias Harris (12) shoots past Belmont’s Mick Hedgepeth during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Wade Payne, Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Scotty Hopson scored 19 points and drove the lane for a go-ahead layup with 5.7 seconds left as No. 19 Tennessee edged Belmont 66-65 on Thursday night to end a three-game losing skid.

The Volunteers (8-3) had a 62-59 lead with 2:47 to go, but the Bruins scored seven unanswered points. Jon House was fouled by Brian Williams as he hit a layup with 48 seconds left to make it 63-62, but missed the foul shot.

Belmont (9-3) answered a pair of free throws by Hopson with a layup by Mitch Hedgepeth before Hopson's game-winning basket. Kerron Johnson took a 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer for the Bruins, but it rimmed out.

Scott Saunders came off the bench to lead Belmont with 12 points.

Tennessee led by as many as 13 points in the first half and went 22 of 37 from the free throw line. Belmont attempted only 10 foul shots, making seven.