December 22, 2007
CINCINNATI (AP) -J.P. Prince scored a career-high 23 points Saturday, and Tyler Smith led a late surge that rallied No. 12 Tennessee to an 82-75 victory over Xavier, which couldn't handle the Volunteers' pressure defense when it mattered.
Tennessee (11-1) won its sixth straight despite an uncharacteristically quiet game from beyond the 3-point arc. The Volunteers overcame it with Prince's breakout game and a sticky defense that forced Xavier (8-3) into a season-high 21 turnovers.
Smith had six points in a closing 13-2 run that sealed a back-and-forth game, and finished with 12 overall. Prince, playing in his third game since transferring from Arizona, went 9-of-14 from the field against a defense stacked to take away the 3-pointer.
Stanley Burrell scored 18 points for the Musketeers, who went 24-of-27 from the free throw line but couldn't overcome their clumsiness in the closing minutes. Turnovers on consecutive possessions got Tennessee started on its clinching run.
Be sure to tune into Sports Overtime at 6 & 11 for highlites and reaction for the Vols win over Xavier.
The Associated Press News Service