JaJuan Smith scored 32 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead No. 4 Tennessee in a 93-71 rout of Arkansas on Wednesday night.
Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism both added 15 points for the Volunteers (22-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference), while Duke Crews had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sonny Weems had 20 points for Arkansas (17-6, 6-3).
The Vols took an 11-4 lead in the opening 3 minutes, driving inside several times against one of the SEC's stingiest defenses.
Tennessee built its lead to 11 points twice during the first half with the help of free throws.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Vincent Hunter and Weems whittled the margin to 35-30 with 4:50 left in the first half. A free throw by Darian Townes cut the Vols' lead to 41-38 with 1:45 left.
But Tennessee came out strong in the second half as JaJuan Smith hit a 3 within 30 seconds. Tyler Smith stole the ball from Michael Washington, who had grabbed a rebound, and was fouled as he made a layup.
Tyler Smith nailed the free throw as part of the 11-1 run that put the Vols up 54-39 with 17:30 left.
Townes finished with 12 points and Washington grabbed 10 rebounds.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information & AP Wire Reports
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.