February 20, 2019 / 2:17 AM / 3 months ago

No. 5 Tennessee bounces back against Vanderbilt

EditorsNote: update 2: fixes “intentional” in sixth graf

Feb 19, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Lamonte Turner (1) brings the ball up court against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Tennessee got back to its winning ways on Tuesday evening, knocking off Vanderbilt 58-46 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Forward Grant Williams (14 points, 11 rebounds) and guards Lamonte Turner and Admiral Schofield (12 points each) paced Tennessee (24-2, 12-1 SEC). The Volunteers were playing in their first game since Kentucky snapped their 19-game winning streak on Saturday, knocking them from the country’s top ranking.

Freshman guard Aaron Nesmith (13 points) led Vanderbilt (9-17, 0-13), as the only player in double figures. The loss was the Commodores’ 14th straight, tying the all-time program record.

Both teams struggled to score for the first two-thirds of the second half, but Tennessee struggled more, allowing Vanderbilt to cut what had been a 14-point deficit to four on multiple occasions. The last came when forward Simisola Shittu hit a spinning layup with 8:29 left.

Finally, the Vols got going when Schofield hit a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions, the latter coming with 6:15 left, putting Tennessee up 51-38.

Nesmith answered with a 3-pointer followed by a tough reverse layup. Vanderbilt then caught a break when Schofield was whistled for an intentional foul on Shittu with 4:03 left. But Shittu hit one of two free throws, and the Commodores couldn’t convert two chances on the next possession. They never got closer than seven again.

Vanderbilt led 13-12 early, and then Turner took over for a spell. He converted a four-point play after Yanni Wetzell knocked him to the floor on a 3-point shot with 11:59 left in the first half.

Fifty seconds later, Turner knocked down an open trey. Later, with 4:32 left and the shot clock running down, he hit another 3-pointer to give the Vols their first double-figure advantage at 30-20.

That lead grew to 14 before the Commodores scored the half’s final five points to trail 36-27.

Williams attempted just one foul shot, missing it, after a 23-for-23 performance in Nashville in the first meeting on Jan. 23.

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