With 17 seconds remaining, Jeronne Maymon stepped to the free throw line with an opportunity to put Texas A&M away.
The rest is history as the redshirt senior couldn't get either of his two attempts to fall through the hoop, and the Aggies would end up winning 57-56 on a 3-pointer by sophomore Antwan Space.
"It's very hard, very upsetting," Maymon said, "but I have to get back in the gym and work on it."
While Maymon's attempts carried the most weight in the Vols' defeat, they were not the only shots from the charity stripe to go begging as UT shot 58.3 percent from the line in the second half.
Hot topic: The whistles were frequent, and the boo's from Vol fans were deafening inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
In total, Tennessee saw themselves get whistled 21 times, but the most memorable calls were several offensive fouls whistled due to illegal screens.
"That is the first time all year we have been called for that many offensive fouls," UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. "I thought it was strange, but I have to go back and watch film to be exact. I thought it was a little uncharacteristic because our guys are usually solid in setting screens."
The offensive fouls clearly affected the Vols offense, something senior guard Antonio Barton acknowledged following the game.
"We were playing the refs," Barton said. "We were playing not to commit an offensive foul or foul the ball on defense. We can't play like that."
Spotlight: Saturday wasn't the reigning SEC Player of the Week's day.
Jordan McRae found himself watching a majority of the first half – a half in which he scored only three points – from the bench as he picked up two quick fouls in the first 6:24 of the game.
The 14 minutes of downtime affected the senior guard's game in the second half as he went 1-for-6 from the floor – 2-for-8 in the game – and finished with nine points, tying a season-low.
As shown by Saturday's offensive performance in the second half that saw the Vols get outscored 39-24, Tennessee's offense isn't the same without their All-SEC guard, but junior guard Josh Richardson said he thinks the team has to do a better job of not always relying on his production.
"He's our best scorer, everybody knows it," Richardson said, "so we just got to learn how to adjust to it, and we didn't do it well today."
The other guys: The Aggies were led by junior guard Jamal Jones, who scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
Outside the box score: At the 11:18 mark in the first half, football time and basketball time in Tennessee crossed paths.
During the media timeout, the 14 early enrollees of the 2014 football recruiting class took to the center of the hardwood, joined by their head coach, Butch Jones, and were greeted by 18,079 Volunteer faithful.
Say something: When asked about his thoughts after Space's three went in, Barton said, "I was shocked, I'd never had that happen to me ever in my life. Just seeing it go into the net didn't seem real."
By the numbers:
20.6: The Vols shot 20.6 percent worse from the free throw line in the second half (58.3) then they did in the first half (88.9).
2: The Aggies scored two points in the final 9:34 of the first half. During that span they did not make a field goal.
15: Redshirt senior Jeronne Maymon corralled 15 rebounds in 35 minutes. The next closest to that mark was the Aggies Kourtney Roberson, who grabbed six.
Up next: The Vols host the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday inside Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m.