KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee basketball withstood upset-minded Lipscomb Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boiling Arena, scoring an 81-71 victory over the Nashville-based private school.
This, however, was a day fans will likely better remember for what happened during the second media timeout, just minutes into the action.
The introduction of new Vols’ athletic director Phillip Fulmer drew the loudest cheers, although the introduction of new head football coach Jeremy Pruitt also brought a great deal of noise to Thompson-Boling Arena.
The crowd of 14,051 stayed involved throughout the action, enjoying the highest ranked men’s basketball team has had in seven years.
Grant Williams led the No. 24-ranked Vols with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in the 27 minutes he played. Admiral Schofield scored 13 points with 6 rebounds, and James Daniel lll had 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
The Bisons (6-4) had closed to within 50-47 when junior Garrison Mathews scored three of his 22 points on a conventional three-point play with 11:20 left.
Tennessee (7-1) answered with a 6-0 run and pulled away down the stretch, despite playing at less than its best this season.
The Vols’ fourth win continues what is the best start to a season since Bruce Pearl was head coach during the 2010-11 season, his final at the helm.
Tennessee point guard Jordan bone had a team-high 6 assist for the Vols, who don’t play again until they meet No. 11-ranked North Carolina (8-1) on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Thompson-Boiling Arena.
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