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TV Take: Tennessee’s upset of Gonzaga offered high-energy entertainment from start to finish – The Spokesman

If you could pull yourself away from Scott Hanson and the RedZone Channel on Sunday afternoon, you had a pretty special college basketball game to watch.

Even if it was played at a neutral site in front of a somewhat sparse but energetic crowd at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Gonzaga and Tennessee, two teams ranked in the top seven nationally, went back and forth for two hours with the seventh-ranked Volunteers upsetting No. 1 GU, pulling out a 76-73 victory.

What they saw …

ESPN had a hand in the Jerry Colangelo Classic, named after the former NBA executive who was installed in the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2004, and the network assigned Roxy Bernstein and analyst Sean Farnham to the broadcast.

And boy, did they have fun.

Especially when Admiral Schofield went off down the stretch. The 6-foot-6 wing scored 25 of his 30 points after halftime, and every big bucket Tennessee (7-1) needed in the final minutes. All while playing with four fouls.

“This just in, Gonzaga, you probably don’t want to leave him wide open,” Farnham said after Schofield hit his final 3-pointer, the one that supplied the final margin with 23 seconds left.

With the game tied, the Volunteers had Schofield, guarded by Rui Hachimura, set a ball screen, then pop to beyond the 3-point line. Hachimura hesitated and didn’t get back. Unlike Schofield’s earlier key 3-pointer, this one didn’t bank in. It was pure. And 9-1 Gonzaga’s reign atop the polls ended.

• It was a high-level contest – something Farnharm and Bernstein kept repeating – that pivoted early in the second half on a game-changing blocked shot from Brandon Clarke.

Corey Kispert had just made a free throw to give Gonzaga a three-point lead. The Vols attacked, with 6-foot-6 wing Yves Pons leaking out. He took it to the

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