No. 13 Vols blast MTSU 86-56

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Scotty Hopson had 19 as No. 13 Tennessee cruised to an 86-56 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday night.

The Vols (6-0) opened with an 8-0 run and trailed only once as the Blue Raiders responded with a 10-0 run while shutting down the paint on the defensive end. That's when coach Bruce Pearl put in a defensive lineup, and the Blue Raiders wouldn't score for 8 minutes.

When the Vols' shooters returned to the court they exploded on a 21-0 run with five of six straight baskets coming from behind the arc. The last of the five, a shot by Trae Golden with 7:21 in the first half, made it 29-10 and Middle Tennessee never caught up.

By halftime Tennessee had hit 8 of 15 from 3-point range and held a 46-23 lead.

James Washington led Middle Tennessee (3-4) with 11 points, and Rod Emanuel had 10.

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