FIRST HALF: A lotta Grant, a lotta Admiral
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) January 10, 2018
Grant Williams scored a career-high 37 points and Tennessee rallied from 10 points down at halftime to beat Vanderbilt 92-84 in Nashville.
The No. 24-ranked Vols improved to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the SEC, dropping the Commodores to 6-10 and 1-3 with the victory in front of 11,510 at Memorial Gym.
It’s the first time since 2001 and 2003 that Tennessee has won back-to-back men’s basketball games at Vanderbilt, and the 92 points represent the most scored by a Vols’ team in Memorial Gym.
Tennessee’s next game is at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday against Texas A&M.
Here’s 3 things about Tennessee’s victory at Vanderbilt:
1. Grant Williams dominated
Williams’ 37 points came on 12-of-20 shooting and included a 13-of-15 performance at the free throw line. Williams scored despite double teams, also grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.
2. Jordan Bowden heated up
Jordan Bowden scored 8 of the Vols’ opening 10 points of the second half, igniting a rally that enabled Tennessee to reclaim the lead on a Williams’ basket (57-56) with 12:46 left. The Vols hit 6-of-8 of their 3-point attempts in the second half.
3. Admiral Schofield delivered
Admiral Schofield scored a career-high 22 points for Tennessee on 9-of-14 shooting and drained all 3 of the 3-pointers he attempted in the second half. Schofield also pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds. Williams and Schofield led the Vols in the plus-minus category, with UT outscoring Vanderbilt by 21 with Williams on the floor and by 20 when Schofield was in the game.