UNC-Asheville vs Tennessee

Tennessee 75, UNC Asheville 68

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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) - Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall led five Tennessee players in double figures Thursday as the Volunteers beat UNC Asheville 75-68 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Trailing 20-19 with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half, Tennessee (2-0) went on a 19-8 run to halftime and never looked back. The stretch was highlighted by dunks from Hall, off a nice pass inside, and by Josh Richardson, who stole the ball and raced down the floor for the jam.

"Our guards did a good job penetrating and finding shooters and making plays," said Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin.

Jeremy Atkinson led UNC Asheville (1-2), and all scorers, with 18 points.

The Volunteers stretched their lead to 13 points in the second half, though Keith Hornsby's 3-pointer with under a minute left made it 72-65. But UNC Asheville couldn't get any closer.

"I feel like we need to do a lot better job closing out games to get victories," Hall said. "I think we just need to do a better job of keeping our poise out there on the floor, especially when we get a nice lead. We can't get too comfortable out there because better teams will take advantage of that."

Tennessee moves on to face Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Friday, while the Bulldogs will play Akron in the consolation bracket.

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NC-Asheville (1-2)284068
Tennessee (2-0) «383775

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UNC-Asheville Bulldogs
J. Atkinson, F385-68-991418
J. Nwannunu, F206-80-140412
D. Cunningham, C265-122-220412
T. Meyer, G371-106-64618
K. Hornsby, G224-60-01149
W. Weeks292-45-113219
M. Neely200-00-01020
C. Littlejohn60-00-00020
S. Hughes20-00-00000
Totals 23-4621-2925102268
 50%72.4% 
Tennessee Volunteers
K. Hall, F325-82-480312
J. Stokes, F288-150-2110516
T. Golden, G343-98-1045114
J. Richardson, G304-73-450112
S. McBee, G240-34-41024
J. McRae224-62-212012
D. Edwards101-20-01023
Q. Chievous80-10-04020
Y. Makanjuola60-00-00030
A. Moore61-10-00022
Totals 26-5219-263772175
 50%73.1% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Winthrop15-326-770
UNC-Ash.15-323-1073
Liberty14-421-14173
Gardner-Webb11-719-14186
High Point9-915-16235
Radford8-1014-18227
Campbell7-1119-18247
Char. So.7-1112-19295
Longwood3-156-24343
Presbyterian1-175-25347

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky16-232-64
Florida14-427-910
Arkansas12-626-1028
S. Carolina12-626-1143
Ole Miss10-822-1477
Alabama10-819-1578
Vanderbilt10-819-1638
Georgia9-919-1552
Texas A&M8-1016-1593
Tennessee8-1016-1682
Auburn7-1118-14113
Miss. State6-1216-16149
LSU2-1610-21194
Missouri2-168-24255
 
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BC 74
NCST 72 Final
PSU 55
SHOU 45 Final
IND 99
SAM 54 Final
LOU 80
CHATT 55 Final
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