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On Tuesday evening, the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team dropped a 71-67 decision to second-ranked Purdue in the Allstate Maui Invitational semifinals.
No. 7/8 Tennessee (4-1) built an early nine-point lead, but the Boilermakers flipped the margin to eight the other way in the second half. The Volunteers did tie the score twice down the stretch, but the reigning Big Ten champions held on in a thriller at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Fifth-year guard Dalton Knecht paced the Volunteers with 16 points in the setback, marking his fifth time in as many games leading the team in scoring to begin his Tennessee career.
The Volunteers conclude action in the Allstate Maui Invitational in the third-place contest at 8:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday.
Photo: Guard Dalton Knecht #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the 2023 Maui Invitational game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics