GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Tennessee 73, Missouri 53

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Santiago Vescovi scored 15 points and Yves Pons and Jaden Springer added 13 apiece as No. 7 Tennessee blitzed No. 12 Missouri 73-53.

The Volunteers (7-0) shot 50% from the field and were selective with their shots, going 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

The Volunteers made their first seven shots on mid-range jumpers and 3-point shots, building a 21-4 lead.

Missouri (6-1) didn't get many chances to play at its preferred fast pace because it began most possessions by pulling the ball from the net. Tennessee built a 38-24 lead by the break.

The second half was much of the same, as the Volunteers hit their first three shots and scored eight points in the first minute and a half.

In both halves, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin called a timeout within the first two minutes to try to settle his team down. Tennessee stretched its lead to 28 points midway through the second half.

Xavier Pinson led Missouri with 11 points. The Tigers were frustrated by Tennessee's defense and combined for just four assists.


Associated Press

December 30, 2020