KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Smith scored 15 points, Chris Lofton added 14 and No. 7 Tennessee beat Prairie View A&M 89-75 in the second round of the StubHub Legends Classic on Friday.
Ryan Childress added a season-high 14 points and Ramar Smith had 10 for Tennessee, which advanced to the semifinals against West Virginia on Nov. 23.
The Vols are 32-4 under third-year coach Bruce Pearl when scoring more than 80 points and have won 19 straight at home.
Aaron Smith led the Panthers with 21 points, hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Tennessee looked out of sync in the first half, trailing by as many as six points and being outhustled by a taller Prairie View squad. The Volunteers shot just 33 percent from the field to the Panthers' 48 percent, leading to a 36-35 A&M advantage.
The Volunteers (3-0) opened the second half with a 19-7 run to take a 54-43 lead after 6 minutes. After Prairie View pulled within seven at 60-53, Tennessee went on an 18-10 spurt to put the game out of reach.
Brian Ezeh scored 15 points and Derek Johnson 10 for Prairie View (1-2). Johnny Cobb contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers. A&M, which outrebounded Tennessee 48-43, was hurt by 30 turnovers, which led to 32 points for the Vols.
Lofton's shooting struggles continued as he went 3-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. Last year's Southeastern Conference player of the year is now 6-of-28 from the field this season.
On the positive side for Lofton, he was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line tonight, in stark contrast to the rest of his teammates, who were a combined 15-of-40. Ramar Smith led the parade of futility by missing all of his 12 attempts.
Childress broke out with his best game of the young season for the Vols, scoring 14 points in 19 minutes and adding eight rebounds. He had just six points combined in Tennessee's first two games.
Prairie View featured seven players 6 feet 8 or taller, presenting one of the tallest lineups Tennessee will face this year. Four Panthers contributed six or more rebounds, including Ezeh, who got all of them on the offensive glass
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