No. 8 Tigers beat Vols 99-97 in 2 OTs

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 3:06 p.m. MST

Memphis guard Will Barton, top, battles Tennessee guard Jordan McRae, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Eugene Tanner, Associated Press

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Antonio Barton hit a big jumper in the second overtime, and No. 8 Memphis held off Tennessee 99-97 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.

A day after bogging down against No. 15 Michigan, Memphis (2-1) had its uptempo game going in full gear while building a 16-point lead in the first half. The Tigers let Tennessee claw its way back and had to survive last-second shots in both overtimes to pull out the victory.

Antonio Barton had 21 points and Adonis Thomas added 19 points for Memphis.

Jeronne Maymon almost single-handedly led the Vols (2-2) to victory, with 32 points, 20 rebounds and a tying shot in the closing seconds of regulation. Maymon also hit 16 of 17 free throws, but his turnaround jumper at the second overtime buzzer fell short.

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