Nicky Anosike sank two free throws with
two-tenths of a second left and No. 1 Tennessee rallied to beat No.
5 Rutgers 59-58 on Monday night in a rematch of last season's
national championship game.
Trailing 58-57, Anosike grabbed an offensive rebound and was
grabbed by Kia Vaughn from behind. Unclear whether the foul had
come before time expired, the Rutgers bench began to celebrate, but
officials reviewed the play and determined that the foul had been
committed just before the buzzer.
Television replays showed the game clock seemed to pause as
Anosike came down with the ball and two-tenths remained on the
clock, leading to the controversial finish.
Anosike camly stepped up and hit the two free throws to seal the
"It's unfortunate that those kinds of things happen," Rutgers
coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "I'm getting used to it now."
Candace Parker, who bruised her knee in the Lady Vols' last
game, had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Angie Bjorklund added 13.
Epiphanny Prince had 21 points for Rutgers, and Essence Carson