GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Tennessee 77, Arizona 73

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - John Fulkerson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 Tennessee overpowered No. 6 Arizona early and held on for a 77-73 win, giving the Wildcats their first loss.

Santiago Vescovi had 15 points, Josiah-Jordan James added 12 and Justin Powell scored 11 for the Volunteers (9-2).

Bennedict Mathurin had 14 of his 28 points in the first half. He was the only Arizona (11-1) starter to score in the first 20 minutes as Tennessee took a 34-21 lead. Kerr Kriisa scored 11 points for Arizona.

Tennessee hit seven of its first 11 shots and opened with a 16-2 advantage in the first five minutes. It took the Wildcats until the first four minutes of the second half to get back in the game. Arizona hit 7 of 9 shots to start the second half to cut the Vols' lead to 44-40.

Christian Koloko's layup tied it at 62 with about five minutes left. With the game tied at 67, Fulkerson had a layup and two free throws to stretch the Tennessee lead to four.

With the Vols up 71-69, Fulkerson grabbed an offensive rebound, scored and was fouled, putting Tennessee up by four.


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Tubelis F 14 3-6 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 2 4 6
C. Koloko C 19 2-3 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 1 5 4
K. Kriisa G 38 3-10 2-2 3-10 1-3 3 0 0 4 5 11
B. Mathurin G 36 8-16 9-11 3-9 2-8 5 0 2 2 5 28
D. Terry G 30 4-6 1-2 0-1 0-6 4 1 1 2 4 9
P. Larsson   25 2-7 0-0 0-2 1-3 2 0 0 2 1 4
J. Kier   24 3-6 0-1 3-5 1-3 1 0 0 3 3 9
O. Ballo   14 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 0 1 1 1 2
Totals   200 26-58
(.448)
12-18
(.667)
9-27
(.333)
10-38 16 3 6 17 28 73


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Fulkerson F 30 8-13 8-12 0-0 5-10 2 0 0 2 2 24
O. Nkamhoua F 20 1-5 0-0 0-0 2-7 1 3 1 4 3 2
K. Chandler G 34 2-14 4-6 0-3 1-3 4 0 3 2 2 8
J. James G 32 5-11 0-0 2-6 3-5 1 2 2 3 2 12
S. Vescovi G 32 5-16 2-3 3-12 0-5 1 0 1 2 4 15
J. Powell   26 3-4 4-6 1-2 2-4 1 0 0 0 3 11
Z. Zeigler   13 1-3 0-0 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 3
U. Plavsic   10 1-1 0-0 0-0 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 2
B. Huntley-Hatfield   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
V. Bailey Jr.   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-67
(.388)
18-27
(.667)
7-24
(.292)
16-40 12 5 8 13 16 77
Officials: Tony Greene, Terry Wymer, Patrick Evans




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