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Tennessee 87, Mississippi State 53

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By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points, Zakai Zeigler had 11 points and 10 assists, and No. 8 Tennessee beat Mississippi State 87-53.

The Volunteers (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had five players score in double figures as they won for the 24th consecutive time at home, dating to the last game of the 2020-21 season. Julian Phillips scored 11 points and Olivier Nkamhoua and Uros Plavsic had 10 each.

Tyler Stevenson scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (11-3, 0-2), who dropped their third straight. Mississippi State's leading scorer and rebounder, 6-foot-11 Tolu Smith, had a quiet game with nine points and two rebounds.

Tennessee scored the first 16 points of the game, hitting 6 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers. Mississippi State went the first 6:14 without scoring. The Bulldogs missed all five of their shots and had three turnovers. Tennessee led 46-22 at halftime.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Vols had a come-from-behind victory over Ole Miss that may have counted against them. They slipped a spot to No. 8 in this week's poll, being passed by Alabama. . The Associated Press issued 19 polls in the 2022 calendar year. Tennessee was listed in all of them. Its highest rank was No. 5 in last season's year-end poll.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: After winning their first 11 games, the Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 15 in the poll. The Bulldogs have wins over Marquette, Utah and Minnesota. If Mississippi State is going to recover from this skid, it will need Smith to lead the way.

Tennessee: The Vols continue to be patient in terms of the physical readiness of redshirt senior Josiah-Jordan James. Coach Rick Barnes said James is "doing better" as he tries to come back from knee soreness that has caused him to miss eight of the first 13 games. His minutes were limited Tuesday, but he went full speed with a steal and dunk in the first half and finished with eight points.

January 3, 2023


Mississippi State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Jeffries F 23 2-8 1-3 0-5 0-2 0 0 2 0 0 5
T. Smith F 22 3-6 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 3 1 9
T. Stevenson F 17 7-10 1-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 15
D. Davis G 25 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-1 6 0 1 1 3 3
E. Reed Jr. G 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 0
K. Murphy   18 1-3 1-3 1-2 1-1 2 0 1 2 0 4
S. Moore   17 1-4 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 2
C. Matthews   16 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 3 3 2
W. McNair Jr.   15 0-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0
J. Horton Jr.   13 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 2 0 2
M. Russell   11 1-6 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
K. Hamilton   8 3-4 1-2 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 9
I. Stansbury   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 21-53
(.396)
7-17
(.412)
4-18
(.222)
10-19 12 1 8 12 10 53


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Phillips F 27 5-6 0-0 1-1 2-7 1 0 0 2 2 11
O. Nkamhoua F 18 5-5 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 3 0 10
U. Plavsic F 15 5-5 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 1 2 10
S. Vescovi G 27 4-8 2-2 4-8 0-3 2 0 2 1 1 14
T. Key G 21 2-5 0-0 2-5 0-3 2 0 0 2 3 6
Z. Zeigler   24 4-7 0-0 3-5 0-4 10 0 3 2 2 11
J. James   17 3-5 0-0 2-2 0-0 4 0 1 0 1 8
J. Mashack   17 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 2 1 0 2 3 4
T. Awaka   16 4-5 1-1 0-0 3-6 0 0 0 1 1 9
J. Aidoo   13 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-5 4 1 1 1 3 2
C. Coyne   2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 0 0 2
I. Sulack   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 36-52
(.692)
3-3
(1.000)
12-21
(.571)
7-34 28 5 7 15 18 87
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