Tough Tennessee Volunteer basketball team makes Memphis earn its 88-79 victory

The Tennessee Volunteer basketball team, led by Memphis native Dane Bradshaw, gave the Memphis Tigers all they could handle but couldn’t quite escape with a win. Bradshaw led the uprising:

[He] was the catalyst, scoring a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting while pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. He also had a team-high four assists and a game-high five steals.

“To have a double-double and fill up the stat sheet,” UT coach Bruce Pearl said. “What more can you say about Dane?”

Memphis fans chanted “Mem-phis Re-ject” at Bradshaw during the warm-ups. But the undersized junior forward quickly proved he was anything but that.

Bradshaw, a Memphis White Station high school star, scored six points and had five rebounds in the first 6A 1/2 minutes.

“I got comfortable early and realized where I could break the defense down,” said the 6-foot-4 Bradshaw, who scored most of his points in the lane. “I was hoping more than ever to play well in this type of game.”

If you didn’t see the game, you missed a tough, scrappy performance by Bradshaw, who at one point took a vicious elbow to the eye courtesy of one of the larger Tiger players.

Bradshaw staggered, but remained on his feet and celebrated the foul.

Come to think of it, the entire team took the Tigers’ best shot, remained on its feet, and served notice that the next 9 years of this heated rivalry is only beginning.

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