Tennessee capitalizes on 32-0 run to whip High Point 84-53
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamonte’ Turner and Jordan Bone each scored 16 points Tuesday as Tennessee went on an early 32-0 run and rolled to an 84-53 triumph over High Point.
Four nights after reaching the 100-point mark in its season opener, High Point (1-1) was held scoreless for a stretch of 11 minutes, 43 seconds and didn’t get a basket for a span of 12:15.
This marked Tennessee’s second straight rout of a Big South opponent to open the season. The Vols (2-0) had trounced Presbyterian 88-53 on Friday in a game that featured a 28-0 Tennessee spurt.
Tennessee’s schedule is about to get much tougher, as the Vols face No. 19 Purdue on Saturday in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Admiral Schofield scored 14 points for Tennessee. Jahaad Proctor had 17 points and Andre Fox added 13 for High Point.
High Point was coming off a season-opening 100-66 rout of William & Mary but scored just seven points in the first 16 minutes of Tuesday’s game.
The score was tied 7-7 when High Point went cold. By the time Fox ended the drought with 3:54 left in the first half, Tennessee led 39-7.
High Point went 0 of 14 from the field and 0 of 3 from the free-throw line during its scoreless stretch. After shooting 60.7 percent against William & Mary, High Point made just one-third of its field-goal attempts (19 of 57) against Tennessee.
While High Point couldn’t make anything, Tennessee seemingly couldn’t miss in the early going
The Vols shot 60.7 percent from the floor and went 7 of 15 from 3-point range in the first half to grab a 52-13 lead.
Turner and Schofield each scored nine points during Tennessee’s 32-0 run, with Turner hitting a trio of 3-pointers. Turner hadn’t scored a single point against Presbyterian.
High Point: The first sign this might not be High Point’s night came when Brandonn Kamga picked up two fouls in the first two minutes of the game. Kamga had scored 18 points against William & Mary. High Point led 3-2 when Kamga’s foul trouble caused him to leave the game. When he returned 7 ½ minutes later, High Point trailed 20-7. Kamga ended up with just three points in 23 minutes.
Tennessee: The Vols’ early 3-point shooting provides plenty of reason for optimism. The Vols were 12 of 27 from beyond the arc Tuesday and have gone 19 of 42 so far this season. Tennessee shot 32.6 percent from 3-point range last season to rank 11th out of 14 Southeastern Conference teams.
High Point: Hosts The Citadel on Saturday.
Tennessee: Faces No. 19 Purdue on Nov. 22 in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas
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