The Tennessee Vols basketball season came to a crashing halt Wednesday as they lost to Mercer in the first round of the N-I-T.

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Jordan McRae and Cuonzo Martin. Courtesy UT Sports

The Tennessee basketball season that held so much promise after the Vols won nine of their last ten games came to a crashing halt Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols fell behind less than five minutes into the game and rarely saw the lead again.  Mercer stunned the small crowd of 4468 fans with a 75-67 upset in their first-ever N-I-T appearance.

Trae Golden poured in 20 points for Tennessee and Jarnell Stokes had another double-double with 13 rebounds and 14 points.

Mercer countered with 25 from Travis Smith and 16 from Langston Hall.

The Bears now travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU in the second round.  Tennessee's season ends with a record of 20-13.

Here is more on the NIT game from the University of Tennessee:

The Tennessee basketball season came to an end on Wednesday night as the second-seeded Vols lost to Mercer, 75-67, in the first round of the NIT. The Vols finished the season 20-13. Mercer moved to 24-11 and advances to the second round at BYU.

Sophomore Jarnell Stokes posted his 16th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. It is the most by a Vol since Bernard King had 19 in 1976-77. Stokes' 12 offensive rebounds are the most by a Vol since at least 2001-02.

Trae Golden notched a team-best 20.

Mercer was led by Travis Smith, who tallied 25. Center Daniel Coursey was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor for 15 points before fouling out. Langston Hall (16) and Jakob Gallon (12) also scored in double-figures.

Down by nine, 50-41, with 11:44 left in the game, the Vols cut the deficit to four, scoring five consecutive points. Stokes corralled consecutive offensive and scored on a putback to bring the Vols back within five at 50-45 with nine minutes left. After a Golden free throw, Mercer retaliated. The Bears scored the next six points to take a 56-46 lead with 6:50 left in regulation. That was the first double-figure lead of the game.

A 3-pointer by Skylar McBee cut the deficit to seven with five minutes left, 59-52. Mercer continued to answer the Vols as they attempted to make a late-game push.

A Jordan McRae 3-pointer with 1:24 left in regulation, cut the Bears' lead to 67-61. But, Mercer made 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:37 to seal the game.

Mercer used a 10-1 run to end the first half to take a 34-28 lead into halftime. Coursey and Smith each tallied 10 points in the first half to lead all scorers. Stokes topped UT with seven points and nine rebounds.

Coursey caused major issues for the Vols in the first half. He made his first five shots from the floor and gave Mercer a 22-18 lead with nine minutes left in the half.

A pair of layups by Stokes tied the game at 22 as the Vols ended a scoring drought of nearly five minutes. A Josh Richardson layup extended the spurt to 6-0 and a 24-22 lead with 4:41 left in the half.

The game opened with a fast tempo as Mercer took an 11-9 lead on a 3-pointer by Thomas with 4:30 elapsed. No fouls were called in the game until McRae was whistled for an offensive foul with 14:18 left in the half.
 
Official Basketball Box Score
Mercer vs Tennessee
03/20/13 8:00 p.m. at Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

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VISITORS: Mercer 24-11
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Thomas, Bud......... f  1-5    1-4    0-0    0  2  2   2   3  2  0  0  1  29
20 Gollon, Jakob....... f  4-7    2-3    2-2    1  2  3   1  12  3  1  1  0  35
52 Coursey, Daniel..... c  7-7    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   5  15  1  1  1  0  19
02 Smith, Travis....... g  7-13   3-6    8-8    0  2  2   2  25  1  0  0  0  37
21 Hall, Langston...... g  5-10   1-2    5-8    0  2  2   2  16  7  3  0  0  38
03 Canevari, Kevin.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   4
14 Hallice, T.J........    0-2    0-0    0-0    2  6  8   5   0  1  0  0  0  14
15 White, Anthony Jr...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
23 Smith, Chris........    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  0  1  0  13
45 Brown, Monty........    2-4    0-0    0-1    1  0  1   3   4  1  1  1  0  10
   TEAM................                         3  2  5
   Totals..............   26-52   7-18  16-21   9 20 29  21  75 16  8  4  1 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-26 53.8%   2nd Half: 12-26 46.2%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-10 40.0%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 38.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half: 14-18 77.8%   Game: 76.2%    1

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HOME TEAM: Tennessee 20-13
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Stokes,Jarnell...... f  5-11   0-0    4-5   12  1 13   4  14  3  3  0  0  29
01 Richardson,Josh..... g  2-6    0-1    5-6    1  2  3   3   9  2  0  1  2  32
04 Moore,Armani........ g  2-4    0-1    1-2    1  1  2   0   5  0  0  0  1  11
11 Golden,Trae......... g  6-14   3-9    5-7    0  2  2   2  20  0  3  0  0  35
52 McRae,Jordan........ g  3-14   1-7    0-2    1  5  6   5   7  4  2  1  0  33
00 Makanjuola,Yemi.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  2  0   3
13 McBee,Skylar........    1-3    1-2    0-0    1  2  3   1   3  0  0  0  0  29
20 Hall,Kenny..........    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   7
24 Lopez,Brandon.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
31 Chievous,Quinton....    2-4    2-4    1-2    2  2  4   1   7  0  0  0  0  16
32 Edwards,D'Montre....    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   0  1  1  0  0   3
   TEAM................                            2  2             1
   Totals..............   22-58   7-24  16-24  19 21 40  18  67 10 11  4  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-33 30.3%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 37.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 29.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half: 12-19 63.2%   Game: 66.7%    5

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Officials: Steve McJunkins, Alfred Smith, Brent Hampton
Technical fouls: Mercer-None. Tennessee-None.
Attendance: 4468
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Mercer........................   34   41  -   75
Tennessee.....................   28   39  -   67
2013 NIT First Round
Tennessee is a No. 2 seed.
Mercer is a No. 7 seed.

Points in the paint-MER 34,UT 28. Points off turnovers-MER 10,UT 12.
2nd chance points-MER 13,UT 21. Fast break points-MER 2,UT 2.
Bench points-MER 4,UT 12. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-5 times.
Last FG-MER 2nd-03:23, UT 2nd-00:22.
Largest lead-MER by 10 2nd-06:50, UT by 3 1st-19:32.

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