KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee had almost no struggles on its way to a second victory on the season.
A stout defense carried the Vols to a 84-53 win over High Point on Tuesday night.
Tennessee allowed only 13 points in the first half. The Vols limited High Point to 5-of-24 shooting from the field for 21%.
Guards Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner led the way for Tennessee on the offensive end of the floor. Both finished with 16 points, while Admiral Schofield added 14.
Relying on the 3 ball
Tennessee did a good job running its offensive sets and getting easy looks at the basket in the season opener against Presbyterian. It was a different case when High Point came to Knoxville.
The Vols had open shots from behind the 3-point line, and the team took advantage.
Tennessee had 6 of its first 12 baskets come from deep. Turner led the barrage with 4. Schofield, Jordan Bowden and Jordan Bone. James Daniel and Chris Darrington each made one.
Against stiffer competition, it might not be as easy hitting so many threes. Tennessee would be wise to keep trying to work the ball down low.
Grant Williams still making a difference
Williams was one of the best freshmen in the SEC last season, but he’s gotten off to a slow start on the offensive end.
The Vols haven’t done much to work the ball inside to him. He finished with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting from the floor.
He continues to make his presence known with his rebounding ability, though. Williams led the team with 12 rebounds.
Tennessee would be much better severed in the long by getting Williams successfully involved in the offense.
Settling in at point guard?
Figuring out the regular starting point guard for the Vols might take a few more weeks, but Bone is making a run for the job.
Bone received the start after James Daniel got it against Presbyterian. Bone showed the ability to run the offense and finished with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Turner played point guard last season but has been used more as a shooting guard through two games this season. He seems to be responding. Turner looks more relaxed on the floor and focused on scoring rather than initiating the offense.
Daniel was thought to bring a scoring pop to the backcourt this season. He struggled against High Point scoring the ball, but that didn’t stop him from helping the team. Daniel scored 4 points and had 10 assists.