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Tennessee Welcomes Tusculum to Rocky Top as Basketball Returns

Written by: Jake Wallman (@WallmanE75) The lights inside Thompson-Boling Arena turned on Wednesday night and live basketball was seen for the first time since Tennessee hosted Georgia and clinched a share of the regular season SEC title last March.   The Vols who will open the 2018-19 campaign with their highest ranking in program history at sixth in the AP poll hosted Tusculum on Halloween night for their only exhibition matchup of the season. It was all treats and no tricks for the Vols as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. The closest the Pioneers from Tusculum ever got to tying or taking a lead was at 8-5 when the game had its first media timeout. The first half saw a lot of consistency on both ends of the floor for Tennessee. After the media timeout, Tusculum was shut out for almost eight minutes and the next points for the visitors weren’t earned, they came from the free throw line. On offense, Tennessee shot an even 50 percent from the field in the first half and had 14 points in the paint. They forced 16 first half turnovers and turned them in to 19 points. Tennessee got power from the usual crew as Jordan Bone had nine at halftime, Grant Williams had eight while both Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bowden had seven. The game was decided and put to bed by halftime with a score of 42-14.  Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes was asked about the performance from the first to the second half and he said “In the first half, I thought defensively we were getting stops and consecutive stops and allowing us to get out and push the ball,” [...]

Tennessee Welcomes Tusculum to Rocky Top as Basketball Returns2018-11-01T23:56:15+00:00