GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Missouri 73, Tennessee 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Xavier Pinson scored 27 points to lead No. 19 Missouri to a 73-64 victory over No. 6 Tennessee.

Pinson became the first opponent to score more than 20 points against the Volunteers this season. Dru Smith added 18 for the Tigers (10-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).

Yves Pons paced Tennessee (10-3, 4-3) with 20 points. Victor Bailey and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 12 for the Vols, who have lost their last two games.

Tennessee played without freshman standout Jaden Springer, who missed the game with an ankle injury.

Bailey's 3-pointer shortly after halftime cut Missouri's lead to 44-40. That's when the Tigers went on a 9-2 run, keyed by a 3-pointer from Kobe Brown.

Pinson, who struggled in the previous two games, scored 19 points in the first half - including three 3-pointers - to lead Missouri to a 40-34 advantage. Smith had 13 before the break.

The opening period was an uphill battle from the start for the Vols. They committed three turnovers before scoring a point and trailed 17-5 by the midway point. Pons was the only effective scorer for Tennessee with 15.

Tennessee narrowed the gap to 32-29, but couldn't get any closer before halftime.


Associated Press

Januaruy 23, 2021