Tennessee Athletics Department
Nashville, TN – Behind a season-best 23 points from freshman Jordan Bone, Tennessee defeated in-state and in-conference foe Vanderbilt, 87-75, on Saturday night.
The win gave UT (9-8, 2-3 SEC) its third true road victory of the season.
Playing his first collegiate game in his home city of Nashville, Bone dropped 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-5 mark from three. Entering Saturday’s game, Bone was just 1-for-10 from distance in his career. The true freshman also dished out five assists.Four more Vols scored in double figures at Memorial Gym. Admiral Schofield finished with 15 points while Robert Hubbs III, Lamonte Turner and Grant Williams each finished with 12. Williams added nine rebounds and four blocks–both game-highs.
Tennessee led the majority of the game, shooting a season-best 58.6 percent (34-of-58) from the field to keep Vanderbilt (8-9, 2-3 SEC) at bay.
In the first half, UT used 55 percent shooting and a hard-nosed defensive span during which the Commodores were held without a field goal for six minutes to take a 39-34 lead into halftime.
Vanderbilt attempted only 18 first-half shots compared to UT’s 33, but the Dores kept things close by going 13-for-16 at the free-throw line. Tennessee did not attempt a free throw during the opening half.
Vols freshman Grant Williams corralled three of UT’s six offensive rebounds before the break, helping the Big Orange to an 11-0 edge in second-chance points over the first 20 minutes.
Next Up for UT Vols
Tennessee arrived back in Knoxville early Sunday and will have to hit the road again on Monday, traveling to Oxford, Mississippi, for a Tuesday-night clash with Ole Miss. Tipoff is set for 9:05pm ET / 8:05pm CT on the SEC Network.