Keith Benson, last season's Summit League player of the year, had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Oakland beat No. 7 Tennessee 89-82 Tuesday night in men's college basketball, three days after losing by a point to then-No. 7 Michigan State.
It was the Golden Grizzlies' second win over a ranked opponent in 27 tries and only the second time the Volunteers have lost on their home court to a non-conference opponent in Coach Bruce Pearl's six seasons. The loss came one day after Tennessee climbed into the top 10 after beating Pittsburgh.
"We're not scared of anybody," Oakland Coach Greg Kampe said. "We weren't intimidated by the No. 7 team in the country because we had just played Michigan State, and we should have won that game. We had just played Illinois, and we could have won that game. I think those are big and can help us."
The Vols held a 76-68 lead with 7:18 left, but their physical play inside drew foul after foul. Oakland (6-5) used a 13-0 run of mostly free throws and took an 81-76 lead that it would not relinquish.
Tennessee (7-1) missed four free throws and a few three-pointers down the stretch that could have cut the lead.
Brian Williams led the Vols with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Melvin Goins had 18 points.
Mississippi State 67, Alabama St. 46: Elgin Bailey scored 13 points and Brian Bryant and Riley Benock (Meade County) added 11 points each to lead host Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs (7-2) shot 43.9 percent from the field (25-for-57) and overcame 17 turnovers to win their third game in three days.
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi State's leading scorer, was suspended for the game for violating the school's class attendance policy.
No. 2 Baylor 65, No. 6 Tennessee 54: Brittney Griner had 21 points, nine blocks and provided a giant obstacle on nearly every defensive stand, carrying Baylor past Tennessee. Playing before a crowd of 10,569 — the most ever for a basketball game at Baylor, men's or women's — the Lady Bears (10-1) never trailed. They broke it open for good with an 11-0 run to close the first half and led by as many as 15 points.
IU Southeast 87, Lindsey Wilson 79: Ashley Rainey (Warren East) scored 39 points, but the Raiders lost in New Albany, Ind. Moore graduates Ashmere Woods and Whitney Duncan led the Grenadiers with 28 and 26 points, respectively.
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Connecticut: The No. 4 Huskies have added 7-foot-1 center Enosch Wolf to the men's basketball roster. Wolf, from Goettingen, Germany, committed to the Huskies in July. He graduated high school in Germany, but had been taking classes and playing basketball this fall at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a prep school in Wilbraham, Mass.
He enrolled at Connecticut for the upcoming semester.
UConn said Wolf is eligible to begin practice on Sunday and to play on Monday when the Huskies host Coppin State at the XL Center.
Charlotte: Top scorer Shamari Spears was dismissed from the team Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after he was suspended for the third time in two seasons for violating unspecified rules. Spears, a 6-foot-6 senior, was averaging 17 points and 3.2 rebounds.