published Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

No. 16 Tennessee outlasts Middle Tenn. 88-81 in OT

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    Tennessee's Meighan Simmons attempts to score while defended by Middle Tennessee's Laken Leonard, left, and Ebony Rowe during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

KNOXVILLE, — Bashaara Graves recorded a double-double and reserve guard Kamiko Williams made several huge plays down the stretch Wednesday night as No. 16 Tennessee erased an 11-point, second-half deficit in an 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee (4-2) had forced overtime on Icelyn Elie’s 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation. Elie led the Blue Raiders with 21 points.

After trailing all night, Tennessee finally took its first lead at 64-63 when Williams got a steal and made a 10-footer with 4:26 left. Williams added a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation and made a steal and drew a charge in overtime.

Meghan Simmons scored 19 points for Tennessee (5-1). Graves collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Ebony Rowe recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds for Middle Tennessee. Laken Leonard added 17 points while shooting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Shanice Cason tallied 13 points.

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