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Vols Fall to Second-Ranked Purdue on Tuesday Night

Story and photo by UTsports.com

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

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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