KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In a matchup featuring two of the youngest teams in the country, Tennessee turned a seesaw affair into a rout Saturday night in Thompson-Boling Arena, boat-racing Mississippi State 91-74 after a 54-point second half.
The Vols (10-9, 3-4 SEC) won their first conference game at home in 2016-17, using a slew of runs (9-0, 9-0, 23-9) to blowout the Bulldogs (12-6, 3-3 SEC) in front of a nice crowd.
Senior guard Robert Hubbs III led the way with 19 points, while sixth-man Admiral Schofield chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The Vols freshmen point guards Jordan Bone and Lamont Turner did a good job organizing the offense and distributing the basketball, combining for 16 points, 10 assists and just 3 turnovers.
After shooting just 38 percent in the first half, Tennessee was 55 percent from the field after halftime — routinely getting dunks or wide-open 3s. Tennessee finished with 20 assists and just 7 turnovers, also grabbing 19 offensive rebounds.
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Tennessee led 37-34 at halftime, as Hubbs provided the scoring punch with 13 points.
Tennessee basketball player of the game
Senior Robert Hubbs III led all scorers with 19 points on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting. The veteran guard kept the Vols afloat in the first half, chipping in a pair of 6-point and 5-point scoring bursts. Hubbs also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and zero turnovers.
Tennessee basketball unsung hero of the game
After fouling out in just 17 minutes at Ole Miss, forward Grant Williams got into early foul trouble again on Saturday night. The freshman played only 7 minutes in the first half before bouncing back after halftime, scoring all 17 points in the second half. Mississippi State actually led early in the second half, but Williams scored 5 quick points and the Vols never trailed the rest of the way.
Tennessee basketball stat of the game
The Vols won handily despite shooting 59.5 percent from the charity stripe. Tennessee was 22-of-37 from the line, with five players missing at least two free throws.
Tennessee basketball vs. Mississippi State boxscore