A second half surge by the Volunteers lifted the Tennessee Men’s basketball team to the 90-50 win over Presbyterian College in action Tuesday evening in Knoxville, Tenn. PC, which trailed by just nine almost midway through the second half, was led by Will Adams with 10 points.
From Head Coach Gregg Nibert
“It’s 50-41 then all of the sudden they scored about 17 points in seven possessions. They hit some big threes. We had some guys play their best but sometimes we didn’t quite know what we were doing in the zone. My hats off to them (Tennessee), they hit some threes right before half. It was a six point game and in the second half they busted the zone for about five to six possessions. We have to go back to the drawing board. We have to be good man-to-man, we have to be good at the zone too.”
Player of the Game
Darius Moore hit back to back three-pointers in the second half to cut the UT lead to nine. He recorded nine points and came away with a career-high three three-pointers.
Stat of the Game
Tennessee hit 16 three-pointers in the game, including nine in the second half, to help the Vols pull away late. PC connected on seven, with only three coming in the second half. Turnovers were telling as well, with PC collecting 22, to UT’s seven. The Vols turned those over to 31 points, to PC’s two. While rebounds were fairly even, with UT holding the 37-34 advantage, the home team was 21-4 in second chance points.
How It Happened
A four-point game early in the first half, Tennessee used a small 6-0 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game, 17-7, 13:33 on the clock. PC cut the lead back to six off three-pointers from Darius Moore and Jaron Withers, but the Vols responded with a 10-2 run, highlighted by a couple of threes, to increase the margin to 14, 33-19, 7:49 before intermission. Trailing by 12, PC scored six unanswered to cut the UT lead to six, just under two to play. The Vols ended the half with back to back three-pointers to extend the lead back to 12, 40-28 as the half ended.
UT opened the second half with three straight baskets to build an 18-point lead, 46-28, but it was PC with the next five, including a three from Ruben Arroyo, to make it a 13-point game, 17:10 to play. PC got back to back three-pointers from Moore to cut Tennessee’s lead to nine with 12:25 left, but the Vols hit their own back to back threes to go back up by 15, just under 12 to go. It was the start of a 23-0 run, which saw UT hit a total of five threes, and PC turn the ball over seven times, to take one of its largest lead of the game, 73-41, 6:56 left. A Will Adams free throw and basket at 4:39 ended the Blue Hose drought. The Blue Hose go no closer than 35 down the stretch as UT came away with the 90-50 win.
The seven three-pointers for PC is tied for second highest of the season. Ruben Arroyo tied his career-high in rebounds with seven to go with his nine points on the night. Will Adams recorded double-digits for the second game in a row, with his 10 on the night.
For the Record
PC drops to 3-5, while Tennessee improves to 4-3.
The Blue Hose take time off for exams before heading to USC Upstate Tuesday, Dec. 13, to take on the Spartans in a 7 p.m., contest.
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