NEW ORLEANS — Ole Miss outscored Tennessee by five points in overtime, overcoming a last-second banked-in game-tying 3-pointer to move into Saturday’s second semifinal with a 77-72 win over the Volunteers.
Terrance Henry sank two free throws with 11.6 seconds to play to put the Rebels up by four.
Skylar McBee missed a 3-point attempt at the other end for Tennessee and Henry hit one of two free throws to put the game out of reach for Ole Miss (20-12).
Henry finished the game with 19 points, including going 10 of 12 from the free-throw line, and grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Rebels in the tournament upset.
That the game went to overtime was a bit shocking in and of itself; Tennessee (18-14) shot 28.1 percent for the game and turned the ball over 12 times while Ole Miss finished the game at 42.2 percent.
The Volunteers went to halftime tied at 28 despite starting the game 3 of 21 from the floor.
But 3-pointers, where the Volunteers went 11 of 34, and free throws, where Tennessee was 25 of 33, kept them in the game.
Ole Miss took a 58-56 lead late in the fourth quarter on Henry’s layup and and-1.
A free throw by Reginald Buckner put Ole Miss up 59-56 with 1:35 to play and was sandwiched in between three consecutive missed 3-pointers by Tennessee, including two by McBee.
Trae Golden, whose 21 points led the Volunteers, pulled Tennessee to within 59-58 with nine seconds to play and immediately fouled Henry, who seemingly sank the game-clinching free throws.
But McBee banked in a 3-pointer from the top left corner of the arc, sending the game into overtime.
Tennessee couldn’t capitalize on the momentum, though, and Ole Miss rides into the semifinals on a five-game win streak.
Jarvis Summers scored 17 for Ole Miss, which also got 14 from Murphy Holloway and 12 from Buckner.
For Tennessee, McBee and Cameron Tatum added 15 points and Jeronne Maymon scored 11.