Jamar Briscoe scored 14 points and fed Phil Jones for the go-ahead layup with 7.4 seconds left as Charlotte handed No. 7 Tennessee its second stunning upset loss of the week, 49-48 on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.
Cameron Tatum missed a desperation heave at the buzzer for the Volunteers (7-2), who have followed a blowout win over then-No. 3 Pittsburgh with losses to Oakland and Charlotte.
Derrio Green added 13 points and the 49ers (5-6) overcame 30 percent shooting by using a zone defense that stymied the Volunteers into 35 percent shooting. Tennessee went 2-for-17 on three-pointers and 2-for-7 at the free-throw line in a loss that will surely see them plummet in the rankings.
University Heights graduate Scotty Hopson scored 13 points for Tennessee on 6-for-19 shooting. Tobias Harris added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Starving for something to cheer about amid a difficult season, Charlotte fans spilled out onto the court at the buzzer in the first signature win for first-year coach Alan Major. It came just three days after top scorer Shamari Spears was dismissed from the team and following losses to Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina and East Carolina.
Berea 97, Cincinnati Christian 87: Darrin Dorsey just missed a triple-double with 40 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and six steals in Berea's home victory. Dorsey was 13-for-18 from the field and 13-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Izzo suspended one game
Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo will serve a one-game suspension for a secondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer basketball camp.
Michigan State officials said late Friday afternoon that the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo said he regrets what happened and called it an unintentional violation of the rules.
Izzo will sit out the No. 14 Spartans' game Saturday against Prairie View A&M.
"As you can imagine, I'm upset about the situation, but it's an isolated, inadvertent situation," Izzo said. "In no way, shape or form did we think in any way we did anything wrong, but by the broad letter of the law here, it could be interpreted in many different ways, and I have to accept the interpretation of the NCAA."
Keady items up for auction
Former Purdue and Western Kentucky basketball coach Gene Keady will be auctioning off many of his personal belongings — from NCAA Tournament pendants to his late wife's golden mink fur coat — to lighten his load as he prepares to move to a smaller home.
In two estate sales, the first set for Saturday in Lafayette, Ind., Keady will part with items from his 25 years at Purdue and some possessions of his wife, Pat, who died last year. Keady, who retired in 2005 as Purdue's winningest basketball coach, said selling off the items will help him purge his large Lafayette home before he moves to a smaller home under construction in West Lafayette.
He told the Journal & Courier that it's a bittersweet but necessary step.
"All of it's good memories, but it's just one of those things you need to do," Keady told the Lafayette newspaper.
Cincinnati Christian 62, Berea 53: Heather Hassloch, a Heritage grad, scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Cincinnati Christian to a win at Berea. Emily Hinkson (Paris) had 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Mountaineers.