Williams' big night was helped out in a major way by a 23-for-23 mark at the free throw line, which is the most makes without a miss at the charity strike in the NCAA since Arlen Clark went 24-for-24 for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in March of 1959. The Tennessee star took plenty of pride in how much work he put in at the free throw line at practice, as he even out-shot Vanderbilt there all by himself.
He completed the great night by nailing a free throw to complete the three-point play in overtime that put his team ahead for good. The win for Tennessee was their 13th in a row overall, as they improved to 6-0 in conference play. It is just the second time in program history that the Volunteers are the number one team in the country, as they have also won five of their past six against Vanderbilt. The Commodores' tough loss drops them to 0-6 in conference play and 9-9 overall, as they were looking for their seventh upset of a No. 1 team on their home floor, which is a list that includes Tennessee in February of 2008.
Tennessee will return home on Saturday afternoon to play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers, while Vanderbilt will go out of conference to visit the Oklahoma Sooners that same day.