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Tennessee wins NCAA opener, routs Wright State 73-47

DALLAS (AP) Rick Barnes is now winning NCAA Tournament games with ''Rocky Top'' in Texas.

With the Tennessee coach back in familiar territory, Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Volunteers opened their first NCAA under Barnes with a 73-47 win over Wright State on Thursday.

''The biggest thing is we came out and did what we said we were going to do, try to run them out of their offense, and against a great team,'' Schofield said.

The Volunteers (26-8) never had much trouble with the Horizon League tournament champ making its first NCAA appearance since 2007, even after missing their first six shots in the game. The Vols led 3-2 when Schofield made a 3-pointer with 16:42 left , and Wright State (25-10) went back ahead on the next possession before Jordan Bowden's layup put the Vols up for good.

''I was really impressed with our team,'' Barnes said. ''Because we looked at this team, and they play hard. They do a lot of good things. ... Overall we've got a group of guys that have embraced that talent of working hard, and they've - we've tried to create our own standard, our own identity in terms of how hard we think we can play on defense and on offense when we stay together and execute.''

Barnes is 5-0 in NCAA Tournament games at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, about a three-hour drive from the University of Texas. He led the Longhorns to 16 appearances in 17 years, with four NCAA wins in the home arena of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, before switching ''Ts'' and shades of orange three years ago.

It was Barnes' 100th Volunteer game, and 57th win.

The Vols (26-8) are the No. 3 seed in the South Region. They'll next face 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago, which edge Miami 64-62 in the final second.

Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for Tennessee, SEC co-champions in the regular season after being picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the 14-team league. Grant Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Loudon Love led Wright State with 12 points and nine rebounds. Everett Winchester had 11 points for the Raiders, who shot only 31 percent (19 of 60) in their lowest-scoring game of the season.

''Well, I think it's kind of the obvious,'' Wright State coach Scott Nagy said. ''You just can't play as poorly as we did offensively and win an NCAA game, not against a team like Tennessee.''

BIG PICTURE

Wright State: The Raiders finished the season with 25 wins, their most playing a Division I schedule. They are 0-3 in NCAA Tournament games. ... Love, their 6-foot-9 freshman center, had three fouls in the first half, when he played only 10 minutes.

Tennessee: This is the third different program that Barnes has led to at least one NCAA victory. He also won tournament games at Clemson and Texas. ... It was the Vols' 14th win away from home this season. .. The 47 points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in its 41 NCAA Tournament games.

DOUBLE DOUBLE

It was the fourth double-double this season for Schofield , and his second in the postseason. The 6-5 junior forward had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the SEC Tournament championship game loss to Kentucky.

TOUGH ENDER

Wright State senior Grant Benzinger, their leading scorer at 14.5 points per game and the MVP of the Horizon League tournament, had only five points on 2-of-16 shooting, 1-of-9 on 3-pointers.

''Whether it was emotionally shooting the ball or whatever, he carried this team almost all year,'' Love said. ''It's hard to see him play his last college career game like that. ... We know he was trying to make each one, so we can't blame him for anything.''

RAIDERS IN FUTURE

While hard to talk about next season after a loss, Nagy said expectations for the team and how they prepare for next season should change.

''We primarily lose one guy that has played for us, and we're adding six, six good players,'' he said. ''So our depth is going to change a lot. It's going to be very competitive.''

UP NEXT

Tennessee is back in the AAC on Saturday to play No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, which beat Miami.

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Key Players
G. Benzinger
13 G
G. Williams
2 F
28.6 Min. Per Game 28.6
15.3 Pts. Per Game 15.3
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
38.6 Field Goal % 47.1
36.9 Three Point % 12.0
88.8 Free Throw % 76.9
  Defensive rebound by Jalen Johnson 27.0
  Alan Vest missed jump shot 29.0
  Offensive rebound by Wright State 31.0
  Tye Wilburn missed layup, blocked by Chris Darrington 33.0
+ 2 Jalen Johnson made driving dunk 43.0
  Bad pass turnover on Tye Wilburn, stolen by Jalen Johnson 47.0
+ 2 Derrick Walker Jr. made hook shot, assist by Lamonte Turner 58.0
  Lost ball turnover on Trey Stacey 1:24
+ 1 Grant Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:32
+ 1 Grant Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 1:32
  Personal foul on Everett Winchester 1:32
Team Stats
Points 47 73
Field Goals 19-60 (31.7%) 27-60 (45.0%)
3-Pointers 4-21 (19.0%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 5-9 (55.6%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 32 44
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 21 30
Team 3 1
Assists 9 13
Steals 5 6
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 17 17
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 9 AST
12T
away team logo 14 Wright State 25-10 232447
home team logo 3 Tennessee 26-8 343973
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Wright State 25-10 75.0 PPG 35 RPG 13.0 APG
home team logo 3 Tennessee 26-8 86.5 PPG 48 RPG 25.0 APG
Key Players
11
L. Love C 16.0 PPG 7.0 RPG 1.0 APG 63.6 FG%
00
L. Turner G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Love C 12 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
L. Turner G 19 PTS 0 REB 9 AST
31.7 FG% 45.0
19.0 3PT FG% 27.8
55.6 FT% 87.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Love 26 12 9 1 0 0 3 3 5/8 0/0 2/4 3 6
C. Gentry 29 8 4 0 2 0 1 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 4
P. Ernsthausen 25 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 1/2 2/2 1 1
G. Benzinger 36 5 7 0 0 1 1 2 2/16 1/9 0/0 2 5
M. Hughes 30 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Love 26 12 9 1 0 0 3 3 5/8 0/0 2/4 3 6
C. Gentry 29 8 4 0 2 0 1 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 4
P. Ernsthausen 25 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/6 1/2 2/2 1 1
G. Benzinger 36 5 7 0 0 1 1 2 2/16 1/9 0/0 2 5
M. Hughes 30 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Winchester 21 11 3 1 1 0 1 4 5/8 0/0 1/3 2 1
J. Hall 26 2 2 3 0 0 2 2 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 2
T. Wilburn 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Stacey 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Vest 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Giles 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Custer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Manns - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 47 29 9 5 2 12 17 19/60 4/21 5/9 8 21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Schofield 32 15 12 1 1 2 1 2 6/15 2/7 1/1 2 10
G. Williams 29 14 9 0 1 0 3 3 6/10 0/0 2/2 4 5
K. Alexander 17 6 4 0 1 2 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/1 3 1
J. Bowden 29 5 7 2 1 0 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 6
J. Bone 19 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Schofield 32 15 12 1 1 2 1 2 6/15 2/7 1/1 2 10
G. Williams 29 14 9 0 1 0 3 3 6/10 0/0 2/2 4 5
K. Alexander 17 6 4 0 1 2 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/1 3 1
J. Bowden 29 5 7 2 1 0 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 6
J. Bone 19 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Turner 33 19 0 9 0 0 1 2 4/11 2/5 9/10 0 0
J. Daniel III 15 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/3 0/3 2/2 0 1
J. Fulkerson 15 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 4
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
Y. Pons 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Walker Jr. 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Darrington 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Woodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fleschman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 73 43 13 6 6 12 17 27/60 5/18 14/16 13 30