Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa last night in the NCAA’s First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

The Volunteers’ late comeback sent them to Raleigh, N.C., where they’ll play sixth-seeded UMass tomorrow in the Midwest Regional.

Tennessee (22-12) didn’t lead until Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer put the Vols up 59-57 with 3:05 left in regulation. There were five lead changes before the Vols’ Jordan McRae missed a jumper missed at the buzzer, leaving it tied at 64.

Stokes’ three-point play was the key moment in his 18-point, 13-rebound performance. Iowa (21-13) managed only one free throw in overtime, ending a hectic and stressful day for coach Fran McCaffery.

McCaffery started the day in Iowa with his teenage son Patrick, who had surgery to remove a thyroid tumor. McCaffery said his son Patrick, who turns 14 today, was in “good spirits” after the operation. Doctors will continue with tests in the coming days to determine further treatment.