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No. 6 Tennessee trounces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 79-51

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 6 Tennessee prepared for its showdown with Gonzaga by posting its second straight lopsided victory at home.

Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Volunteers breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.

Grant Williams finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (6-1) in its last tuneup before a Dec. 9 matchup with No. 1 Gonzaga in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Phoenix. Jordan Bowden also scored 14 points.

''We're going to go in there ready,'' Alexander said of the Gonzaga game. ''We're going to use this week wisely. It's going to be a mental week for us. We're definitely going to have to work on some things.''

With a roster dominated by upperclassmen, Tennessee had enough experience to avoid overlooking its two home dates that followed an overtime loss to No. 2 Kansas and preceded its date with Gonzaga.

Tennessee trounced Eastern Kentucky 95-67 on Wednesday before its blowout against Texas A&M-CC.

''It wasn't tough at all to focus on these two games,'' Schofield said. ''We scheduled them. We've got to win them.''

Texas A&M-CC (4-4) led 15-8 before Tennessee pulled ahead for good by going on a 14-0 run that lasted just over six minutes. Tennessee outscored Texas A&M-CC 26-4 over the last 12 minutes of the first half to grab a 34-19 lead at the break.

Texas A&M-CC coach Willis Wilson said the Islanders' offense struggled once their ball movement slowed down and they stopped working the ball inside as often.

''We just have this tendency to kind of get away from what works for us,'' Wilson said. ''When we do it, we're very good and we do it well. When we get away from it, we really fall off considerably.''

Myles Smith scored 16 points for Texas A&M-CC, which shot just 32.2 percent from the floor.

Smith scored the Islanders' first 12 points of the second half. He sank a trio of 3-pointers in the first 4 1/2 minutes to reduce Tennessee's lead to 41-30 with 15:35 remaining, but the Islanders' rally fizzled from there.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M-CC: Smith simply didn't get enough help, with none of his teammates scoring more than seven points. Tony Lewis began the day averaging 10.3 points, but he missed all six of his shots to go scoreless.

Tennessee: Yves Pons replaced Bowden in Tennessee's starting lineup Wednesday and provided 10 points and an energy boost against Eastern Kentucky. Pons was back in the lineup with Bowden coming off the bench Sunday, but Bowden had the better performance of the two. Bowden had a season-high 14 points in 24 minutes. Pons had two points and five turnovers in 16 minutes.

''When I saw Yves was starting, I was like, `All right, that's fine, I have to bring the energy off the bench he did when he wasn't starting,''' Bowden said. ''I just tried to be happy and positive instead of sulking.''

MISSING TURNER

Tennessee played without guard Lamonte' Turner, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. The same issue caused him to miss the Vols' first three games of the season.

Turner has played three games this year and is averaging 10 points, but he is shooting just 26.5 percent.

''The way he played those last two games, he couldn't help us playing like that,'' Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. ''We said, `If your shoulder's bothering you, we're going to have to get it right.'''

WORTH NOTING

Tennessee guard Jordan Bone scored only seven points and shot 1 of 6 from the floor, but he also had a career-high 10 assists with only one turnover.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Tennessee figures to remain at No. 6 since none of the teams in the top five lost.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M-CC hosts Texas State on Wednesday.

Tennessee faces No. 1 Gonzaga next Sunday in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Phoenix.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Tre Gray made layup 1.0
+ 3 Jalen Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brad Woodson 9.0
+ 2 Tre Gray made driving layup 22.0
+ 3 Jalen Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lucas Campbell 40.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kyle Brown 55.0
  Offensive rebound by Tre Gray 59.0
  Tre Gray missed jump shot 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Tre Gray 1:09
  Lucas Campbell missed jump shot 1:11
  Lost ball turnover on Tre Gray, stolen by Jordan Bone 1:34
+ 2 Derrick Walker made layup, assist by Jordan Bone 1:53
Team Stats
Points 51 79
Field Goals 19-59 (32.2%) 26-49 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 4-6 (66.7%) 20-25 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 36
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 21 30
Team 1 2
Assists 10 20
Steals 6 10
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 14 13
Fouls 20 7
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Islanders 4-4 193251
home team logo 6 Volunteers 6-1 344579
Team Stats
away team logo Islanders 4-4 66.4 PPG 39.2 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo 6 Volunteers 6-1 82.0 PPG 40.4 RPG 17.9 APG
Key Players
2
M. Smith G 10.4 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.3 APG 41.3 FG%
00
A. Schofield G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Smith G 16 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
A. Schofield G 16 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
32.2 FG% 53.1
36.0 3PT FG% 41.2
66.7 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Smith 16 2 2 5/9 3/6 3/4 2 32 0 0 1 0 2
K. South 6 7 1 3/10 0/4 0/0 3 27 2 0 1 4 3
J. Talton 5 1 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 3 25 1 0 1 0 1
E. Toney 3 0 0 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 17 2 0 1 0 0
E. Schmidt 2 4 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Smith 16 2 2 5/9 3/6 3/4 2 32 0 0 1 0 2
K. South 6 7 1 3/10 0/4 0/0 3 27 2 0 1 4 3
J. Talton 5 1 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 3 25 1 0 1 0 1
E. Toney 3 0 0 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 17 2 0 1 0 0
E. Schmidt 2 4 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gray 7 2 2 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 1 1
J. Babic 6 4 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 0 4
J. Clark 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 2 0 0
I. Hunte 3 5 0 1/7 0/1 1/2 2 24 0 1 3 1 4
K. Brown 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 1 0
P. Smith 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Francois - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lampkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 51 29 10 19/59 9/25 4/6 20 182 6 1 14 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Schofield 16 3 2 6/13 2/6 2/3 0 32 4 0 0 0 3
G. Williams 14 9 4 5/9 0/1 4/4 0 29 1 2 2 1 8
K. Alexander 12 10 1 4/4 0/0 4/5 2 26 0 2 4 0 10
J. Bone 7 2 10 1/6 1/3 4/4 1 33 2 0 0 0 2
Y. Pons 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 16 1 0 5 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Schofield 16 3 2 6/13 2/6 2/3 0 32 4 0 0 0 3
G. Williams 14 9 4 5/9 0/1 4/4 0 29 1 2 2 1 8
K. Alexander 12 10 1 4/4 0/0 4/5 2 26 0 2 4 0 10
J. Bone 7 2 10 1/6 1/3 4/4 1 33 2 0 0 0 2
Y. Pons 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 16 1 0 5 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bowden 14 4 1 4/6 1/2 5/5 1 24 2 0 1 1 3
J. Johnson 6 0 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
B. Woodson 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Walker 3 4 0 1/2 0/0 1/4 1 14 0 1 0 1 3
J. Fulkerson 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 1 1 1
L. Campbell 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Fleschman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Jancek 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burns - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 34 20 26/49 7/17 20/25 7 200 10 6 13 4 30