BasketVols win season opener 88-53
Tennessee gave up the first basket of the game and wouldn’t allow Presbyterian to score again for nearly 10 minutes.
By the time the Blue Hose finally recovered, Tennessee had put the game well out of reach.
Admiral Schofield scored 22 points to match a career high Friday night as the Volunteers went on an early 28-0 run and breezed to an 88-53 season-opening victory.
“It was really a good team win,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “Everyone went in and I thought had their mind set on what we wanted to do on the defensive end.”
Presbyterian took a 2-0 lead on Davon Bell’s driving basket with 18:26 left in the first half, but those would be the Blue Hose’s last points for 9 minutes, 45 seconds. Tennessee led 28-2 by the time J.C. Younger ended the Presbyterian drought.
Jordan Bowden scored 12 points during the 28-0 spurt, including seven straight to break a 2-2 tie and put Tennessee ahead for good. Bowden’s flurry included a 3-pointer and a conversion of his own offensive rebound after a Kyle Alexander missed free throw.
“With our ball pressure, we were trying to speed them up and take them out of their offense,” Bowden said.
Tennessee raced to a 46-14 halftime lead before coasting the rest of the way.
How are you all feeling about the Basketvols this year? With football kind of in the crapper any thoughts? IT was a small school win in the opener but I think this team will do good this year. I am thinking 20-21 wins. NCAA Tourney is not out of the question......