KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - Bruce Pearl got a warm welcome, but his Auburn team couldn't deliver a win during his homecoming Saturday at Tennessee.
The Volunteers knocked off the Tigers 71-63 in Pearl's first game against his former school in front of a season-high crowd of 18,439 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"I'm disappointed that we weren't able to finish the job," Pearl said. "I thought we played well in stretches but Tennessee made those effort and energy plays."
Pearl attempted to downplay his return to the school he coached for six years and led to an Elite Eight and an SEC Championship, but what mattered for him was the result. Auburn lost its fourth straight game, the longest losing streak in his 20 years as a head coach. The Tigers also fell to 0-7 on the road.
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