Before a home crowd of 14,495, the Tennessee Vols put a wrinkle in the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Tuesday night, December 18, with a 78-62 win.
Every aspect of the game was working for the Vols as they outbound the opposition 42-22 and only had six turnovers, the fewest since Coach Martin has been the Tennessee coach.
Skylar McBee scored the first points of the game with a 3-pointer, which opened up a 10-0 run for the Vols.
UT outmuscled Presbyterian on the glass in the first half with a 26-10 rebounding edge. The Vols shot 48.4 percent from the floor while the Blue Hose managed just 23.1 percent shooting, including a 1-of-13 showing from 3-point range. Golden and McBee led UT with nine first-half points each.
Although Presbyterian tried to keep up, it was just not enough in the end to win the game. Presbyterian’s Khalid Mutakabbir, who had 18 points for the night, made a 3-pointer to end a 0-for-6 Blue Hose stretch that had lasted almost six minutes. It sparked an 8-2 run. All of the eight points were scored by Mutakabbir. That run was ended by Jarnell Stokes with a layup and a free throw.
But the Blue Hose came back with a layup from Ryan Hargrave that started a 9-3 Presbyterian run which put them within 56-30 with 15 minutes left in the game. They finished the game with an 8-0 run, but could not overcome the lead by the Vols and lost by 16 points.
Jarnell Stokes had 18 points, seven rebounds and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Trae Golden scored 16 points and had a season-high eight assists and no turnovers. Jordan McRae and Skylar McBee both had 12 points and D’Montre Edwards scored a career-high of 11 points.
Tennessee continues its six-game homestand on Friday, Dec. 21, when the Vols host Western Carolina at 7 p.m.