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Tennessee 81, Vanderbilt 61

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's Victor Bailey connected on three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second half, igniting a rally that turned a tight game into a rout, 81-61.

The Volunteers (10-1, 4-1 SEC) beat the Commodores (4-6, 0-4) for the seventh straight time in the cross-state rivalry.

Keon Johnson scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Tennessee. John Fulkerson scored 15 points, Bailey had 11 and Jaden Springer scored 10.

A four-point Tennessee lead turned into a 17-point advantage with that flurry of long shots.

Vanderbilt was led by Dylan Disu's 19 points. Scotty Pippen, Jr. scored 18.

Johnson's second-half binge spotlighted the need for consistency.

Tennessee went five mintues in the first half without a basket, yet still led by 10 points, 34-24, at the break.

Fulkerson had 10 points at intermission and Josiah-Jordan James seven.

Disu kept the Commodores in the game with 10 points in the first half.

Tennessee went through an offensive lull in each half. The Vols were able to turn things around.

The Vols' ball-screen defense pestered the Commodores into shooting 5 of 23 from 3-point distance.


Associated Press

January 16, 2021