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Tennessee 76, McNeese State 40

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By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Santiago Vescovi scored 16 points to lead No. 13 Tennessee to a 76-40 victory over McNeese.

The Volunteers (6-1) won their fifth straight game and their first since winning the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Julian Phillips scored 12 points, Olivier Nkamhoua had 11 and Tyreke Key added 10. Jonas Aidoo had five blocks and six rebounds.

"We wanted to be aggressive," said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes. "It was good that we didn't let the fact that we weren't very good on offense (in the first half)."

"If you go here, you've gotta love playing defense," said Aidoo, a 6-foot-11 sophomore. "I loved blocking shots."

Tennessee's defense limited McNeese to 29% from the field (16 of 56) and 12% from 3-point (2-17).

"You come to these games, you want to compete," said McNeese coach John Aiken. "You want to have a better showing offensively. We didn't get any separation."

The Cowboys (2-6) were led by Christian Shumate and Trae English with eight each.

The Vols struggled from the field (9 of 26, 35%) but still led 30-14 at intermission. The Cowboys had just one assist and hit 24% from the field (6 of 26). They were 0 of 7 from 3-point.

The residual benefit from the tournament championship should pay dividends in the future.

"Last week's tournament was good for us," said Phillips. "We're playing every game like it's the championship game."

NEWS & NOTES

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has put the ball in Josiah-Jordan James' court. The senior will decide when he is ready to return from knee soreness after offseason surgery. He went through warmups but didn't dress for the game. .... McNeese came into the game as the worst free-throw shooting team in the country (54.2%). ... Cowboys starting guard Zach Scott did not make the two-game swing to UT Martin and Tennessee because of the flu.

BIG PICTURE

McNeese State: A quick turnaround was quite a challenge for the Cowboys. They dropped a three-point decision at UT Martin Monday, then had to come back Wednesday for a date with the Vols.

Tennessee: Getting Josiah-Jordan James into the regular rotation is a necessity before the Southeastern Conference season gets started. He has been slowed by offseason knee surgery and missed all three games in the Bahamas. The best thing about it was that the Vols learned they can win without him.

November 30, 2022


McNeese State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Thomas F 14 2-4 2-2 0-1 3-3 0 2 0 1 5 6
C. Shumate G 34 4-12 0-4 0-3 6-12 1 1 0 4 5 8
T. English G 28 4-11 0-1 0-2 0-1 1 0 3 3 3 8
J. Massie G 28 0-8 2-2 0-2 4-7 1 0 0 5 3 2
H. Francois G 27 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 0 2 0 3 0
M. Rhodes   20 2-5 2-2 0-1 0-1 1 1 0 2 5 6
D. Oday   19 1-7 0-0 0-2 2-5 0 0 2 3 2 2
R. Berze   17 2-5 0-0 1-3 0-1 0 0 1 1 1 5
R. Blackwell   13 1-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 3
T. McMillan   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 16-56
(.286)
6-11
(.545)
2-17
(.118)
18-38 4 4 8 24 29 40


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Phillips F 31 3-9 5-8 1-2 3-5 4 2 2 1 0 12
O. Nkamhoua F 22 5-8 1-2 0-1 1-6 1 0 0 3 2 11
U. Plavsic F 12 1-1 2-5 0-0 2-5 3 0 1 0 2 4
S. Vescovi G 33 5-13 2-2 4-12 1-5 3 1 2 2 2 16
T. Key G 27 2-7 4-7 2-6 2-3 2 0 1 2 1 10
Z. Zeigler   27 2-4 0-0 2-4 0-0 3 0 2 1 1 6
J. Mashack   21 1-3 1-2 1-2 2-3 3 0 1 2 1 4
J. Aidoo   16 2-5 3-4 0-0 2-6 1 5 0 0 3 7
T. Awaka   5 1-1 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 2
B. Edwards   4 1-2 1-2 1-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 4
C. Coyne   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Gilbert   1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 23-54
(.426)
19-34
(.559)
11-29
(.379)
17-40 21 8 10 11 12 76
Officials: K.B. Burdett, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, Michael Swoboda




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