Dan Federmann scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to give Tennessee a disputed 54-53 victory over Louisiana State in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday in Baton Rouge, La.
After the game, LSU Chancellor James Wharton said the school would request the final eight seconds be replayed during the SEC tournament next month in Lexington, Ky. The victory kept Tennessee (18-6) in first place in the conference with a 13-3 record. LSU is 13-10 and 10-6.
LSU had taken a 53-52 lead with 10 seconds to go on a basket by Leonard Mitchell and Tennessee called time with eight seconds left.
The Volunteers took the ball out underneath the LSU basket, but it appeared the clock did not start until they were nearly at half-court.
Tennessee's Steve Ray took a shot from the key and Federmann, in the scramble underneath, tipped in the ball. The LSU coaching staff surrounded the scorers' bench, contending the clock hadn't started on time.
"He (timekeeper Tom Henry) punched it (the clock) and it didn't start. That's what he said," said Larry Jones, LSU interim athletic director.
After conferring with LSU Coach Dale Brown and the officials, Tennessee Coach Don DeVoe and his team left the LSU Assembly Center.
Wharton did not use the word protest, but his statement seemed to indicate LSU would file one.
"The Tennessee team has dressed and left. The Tennessee coach refuses to replay the game," he said. "We are not going to settle this thing today. Emotions are too high."