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
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