Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Richardson netted 27 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists to lead his Tennessee Volunteers to a 76-73 overtime SEC victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium.
Armani Moore chipped in with 13 points for Tennessee (14-9, 6-5 SEC), while Derek Reese added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Kevin Punter added in 10 points for the Volunteers, who ended a two-game losing streak.
Damian Jones scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace Vanderbilt (13-11, 3-8). James Siakam contributed 14 points with seven rebounds, and Jeff Roberson added in 12 in the loss, which put a stop to a two-game win streak.
Tennessee connected on 58.3 percent shooting in the first half, adding in a 5- of-9 mark from 3-point range to take a 35-32 lead into the intermission. Vanderbilt made 46.2 percent of its attempts from the floor in the frame.
The Commodores boosted their shooting accuracy to 55.6 percent in the second half, and made 14-of-23 from the free-throw line to knot the score at the end of regulation, 67-67. The Volunteers hit on 40.6 percent of their tries in the period.
A pair of Punter free throws for Tennessee with 1:18 left to play in the extra session gave the Vols a 74-73 lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Richardson free throws with eight seconds to play sealed the deal.
Tennessee outscored Vanderbilt from 3-point range, 24-18, in the win. Vanderbilt held advantages in made free throws, 17-10, and in rebounding, 35-29, in the loss.