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Vols earn fifth straight win after a great performance

37 days ago
Tennessee Volunteers
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Six double-figure scorers for the second straight game and a dominant performance on the glass, pushed the eighth-ranked Tennessee basketball team past Saint Joseph's, 102-66, on Monday inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT (5-0) scored 100-plus points for the second consecutive game, marking the third time the Vols have eclipsed the century mark in back-to-back games in program history. The last time occurred in December of 2006, when Tennessee took down a Rick Barnes led Texas team 111-105 and Tennessee Tech 101-77.

The Vols also led the Hawks (0-5) for all but 55 seconds of action, leading for the contests final 37:35.

On the boards, the Orange & White were relentless, taking down St. Joe's 45-27 in total rebounds and 13-6 on the offensive glass.

Junior Victor Bailey Jr. led the Vols in scoring with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and a 6-of-7 mark from the foul line.

Sophomore Santiago Vescovi put together his most complete performance of the season, tallying 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting, a perfect 4-of-4 from both 3-point distance and the foul line, while also pulling in a season-high seven rebounds and dishing off five assists.

Senior John Fulkerson also put in a productive performance, scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds and recording a career-high-tying five assists.

Senior Yves Pons was huge on the boards, ripping down a game-high nine rebounds and scoring 13 points.

The freshman duo of Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer rounded out the Vols double-digit scorers, pouring in 12 and 10 points respectively.

Johnson was once again big on the defensive end, rejecting two shot attempts and nabbing a trio of steals.

With the score tied at four just over two minutes in, the Vols busted things open with a 16-0 run that covered nearly four minutes of action, to take a 20-4 advantage with 14 minutes remaining in the half.

The sides played an evenly paced remainder of the half as the Vols withstood a number of punches from St. Joe's, before taking a 56-33 lead into the halftime break.

UT maintained a firm grip on the contest for the duration of the second half, stretching its lead to as many as 38 to cement the 36-point win.

Points Make a Difference: Tennessee has won its last three games by a combined 133 points, good enough for an average point differential of +44.3.

Up Next: Tennessee concludes its four games in a nine day stretch when it welcomes USC Upstate to Knoxville on Wednesday night. Tipoff from Thompson-Boling Arena is slated for 5 p.m. ET on SEC Network.