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Oakland rallies, stuns Tennessee

Oakland center Keith Benson, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds, tries to get around Tennessee center Brian Williams in the first half. The Vols led 50-39 at halftime, but the Golden Grizzlies recovered then held on. “We’re not scared of anybody,” coach Greg Kampe said.

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Oakland center Keith Benson, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds, tries to get around Tennessee center Brian Williams in the first half. The Vols led 50-39 at halftime, but the Golden Grizzlies recovered then held on. “We’re not scared of anybody,” coach Greg Kampe said.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Oakland coach Greg Kampe kept telling his players they were just as good as the ranked opponents they have been playing.

In their fourth game against a Top 25 team, they finally got their upset.

Keith Benson had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Grizzlies to an 89-82 win over No. 7 Tennessee on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies took lessons from games in which they played Illinois, Purdue and then-No. 7 Michigan State close.

"We're not scared of anybody," 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."

Oakland (6-5), the defending Summit League champion, earned its second win against a Top 25 opponent in 27 tries since joining Division I in 1998.

It was only the second time Tennessee (7-1) has lost at home to a nonconference opponent in coach Bruce Pearl's six seasons. The loss came a day after the Vols climbed into the Top 10 and grabbed the No. 1 RPI after beating then-No. 3 Pittsburgh.

The Vols were up 50-39 at halftime and held a 76-68 lead with 7:18 left. But Oakland used a 13-0 run of mostly free throws, and a layup by Will Hudson gave the Grizzlies an 81-76 lead.

"We saw how good we are against Michigan State, and we just had to carry that over, so when we were down at halftime, we tried to come out real strong and we knew we weren't out of it," Benson said.

Brian Williams led the Vols with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Drexel 52, No. 20 Louisville 46: Gerald Colds scored 20 as the Dragons handed the Cardinals their first loss at their new downtown arena. Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva scored 13 each for the Cardinals (8-1), who were outrebounded 46-26.

No. 22 Texas 70, N. Fla. 48: Cory Joseph scored 18 and Gary Johnson scored 17 and tied a career high with 12 rebounds for the host Longhorns (8-2), who led by 19 at halftime.

No. 4 UConn: Enosch Wolf, a 7-foot-1 center from Germany, was added to the roster and is eligible to play against Coppin State on Monday.

USF women top Wake

TAMPA — Porche Grant tied a career high with 14 points and added 14 rebounds and Daleisha Carn scored 14 as USF beat Wake Forest 63-54.

The Bulls (7-4), who have won two straight, pulled away late in a matchup marred by a combined 55 fouls.

Brittany Waters scored a game-high 16 for the Demon Deacons (5-4).

No. 2 Baylor 65, No. 6 Tenn. 54: Odyssey Sims scored 24 and Brittney Griner had 21 points and nine blocks for the host Bears (10-1), who never trailed. Meighan Simmons scored 22 for the Vols (9-2), who shot 25 percent from the field. The teams played before a crowd of 10,569 — the most for any basketball game at Baylor.

No. 11 Ohio St. 87, S.C.-Upstate 55: Jantel Lavender scored 33 for the host Buckeyes (8-1), who rebounded after losing at No. 24 Syracuse on Saturday.

Oakland rallies, stuns Tennessee 12/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:50pm]
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