The men’s basketball team finished up their European Tour on Friday with an undefeated record, but not before facing their biggest challenge to date.
The Vols held off the Paris All-Stars right up until the final minute in order to complete the 84-79 victory.
Sophomore power forward Grant Williams continued his outstanding play during the trip, finishing with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Williams averaged around 13 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game during the past three games – potentially giving UT a much-needed physical presence.
Not only was Williams an effective player in scoring and rebounding, but he delivered a crucial block on a 3-point attempt by Paris with :30 seconds left in the game. The Vols were clinging onto a 80-77 lead, and the block all but sealed the victory for Tennessee.
“This was probably the toughest game for us (here in Europe),” Williams said. “We were really forced to play as a team. We showed that we can all play with each other, and we showed that—no matter what—we’re going to push through. All the guys did their jobs tonight.” – Grant Williams, via utsports.com
It was a very balanced and team-oriented effort from the Vols, which also included a touch of resiliency. The Vols fell behind by six points in the third quarter and managed to close the gap to just two entering the fourth quarter.
Seven Vols scored seven points or more, including a magnificent 14-point performance by true freshman…