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No. 3 Vols rout Eagles for seventh straight win

Associated Press • Dec 29, 2018 at 4:39 PM

KNOXVILLE — Grant Williams scored 25 points and hit 10 of 11 shots from the floor to lead a strong shooting performance in the No. 3 Tennessee men’s basketball team’s 96-53 blowout of Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

Tennessee shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. The Vols were shooting above 70 percent for much of the game before missing seven of their last eight attempts.

The Vols (11-1) have won seven straight overall and 16 consecutive home games ahead of Southeastern Conference competition next weekend. Tennessee’s only loss of the season was an 87-81 setback against No. 5 Kansas in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 23.

Tennessee hasn’t fallen at home since a 94-84 loss against Auburn last season on Jan. 2.

Jordan Bone had 16 points and 10 assists with only one turnover for the Vols. Admiral Schofield also scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. John Fulkerson had a career-high 15 points and hit 6 of 7 shots with four dunks.

Jr. Clay scored 16 points to lead Tennessee Tech (4-9).

Tennessee Tech entered the day having won three of its last four games, but the Golden Eagles’ road struggles continued. They’ve lost all seven of their road games by an average of 29.4 points.

Tennessee Tech’s demanding road schedule has included a 108-58 blowout at No. 14 North Carolina and a 101-33 shellacking at No. 8 Michigan State.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles executed well on offense but couldn’t slow Tennessee. Then they ran out of gas and missed 17 of their last 18 shots. Tennessee Tech is hoping the lessons learned from a grueling nonconference schedule pay off heading into Ohio Valley Conference competition.

Tennessee: The Vols had a season-high 12 blocks and matched a season high with 10 steals, but those figures are somewhat misleading. Tennessee Tech was shooting over 50 percent for the game early in the second half before the Vols turned up their defensive intensity. If there’s one concern coming out of this lopsided victory, it’s that Tennessee must play quality defense for 40 minutes.

UP NEXT

Tennessee Tech visits Tennessee State on Thursday.

Tennessee hosts Georgia on Saturday.

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