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No. 21 Vols top Florida A&M 72-43 for 31st straight home win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee had no problem extending the longest active home winning streak in Division I.

John Fulkerson scored 15 points and Olivier Nkamhoua had a double-double as the 21st-ranked Volunteers trounced winless Florida A&M 72-43 on Wednesday night for their 31st straight home victory.

Tennessee (7-1) hasn't lost at home since falling 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.

''It's just a great feeling because you know your fans are going to be happy about that, for sure,'' said Nkamhoua, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds. ''Just playing at home and winning at home is one of the best feelings ever.''

Tennessee has won its first five home games this season by an average margin of 22 points. The Vols will face a much greater challenge prolonging the streak when they return from exams to host No. 15 Memphis on Dec. 14.

The Volunteers took control immediately with a 14-0 run that established a 16-3 lead. Tennessee stayed in front by double digits the rest of the way.

Fulkerson's 15-point performance came four days after the junior forward scored a career-high 17 in a 72-69 victory over VCU, which was ranked No. 20 at the time.

Nkamhoua's breakthrough was more surprising.

The 6-foot-8 freshman hadn't scored more than eight points or pulled down more than seven rebounds in any game before Wednesday. He had seven offensive boards alone against Florida A&M and helped Tennessee outscore the Rattlers 22-5 in second-chance points.

''You haven't seen yet what we know he can do,'' Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said. ''I don't think he knows what he can do yet. I keep saying that to him.''

Yves Pons scored 14 points and Lamonte' Turner and Josiah-Jordan James each added 10 for Tennessee. Evins Desir had 11 for the Rattlers (0-7).

Florida A&M shot just 35.6% (16 of 45) from the floor. Tennessee hasn't allowed any of its first eight opponents to shoot better than 41.1%.

''They're committed to being a very good defensive team, and with so many of Rick's teams, that's where they hang their hats,'' Florida A&M coach Robert McCullum said. ''You play a Rick Barnes team, you know that you've got your work cut out for you.''

BIG PICTURE

Florida A&M: This game continued the early-season travels for Florida A&M, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference program that won't play its first home game until it hosts Morgan State on Jan. 11. The Rattlers are opening their season with 11 road games and two neutral-site contests. Florida A&M played this one just two nights after losing 76-58 at Kansas State.

Tennessee: The Vols won easily despite not getting much scoring from Jordan Bowden, who entered averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game. Bowden scored just three and shot 1 of 7. Tennessee will need to play better to beat Memphis after the exam break. Tennessee had an equal number of turnovers and baskets (10) in the second half.

BARNES APPROACHES MILESTONE

The victory improved Barnes' coaching record to 699-365 in 32 seasons at George Mason (1987-88), Providence (1988-94), Clemson (1994-98), Texas (1998-2015) and Tennessee (2015-present).

Barnes will try to become the seventh active head coach to earn 700 career Division I wins when Tennessee hosts Memphis. The fraternity includes Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams, West Virginia's Bob Huggins, Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis and Kentucky's John Calipari.

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''Defensively, we can get better,'' Barnes said. ''But I do think this: If our offense gets better, our defense will get better. I think we put so much pressure on our defense at times because of our silly turnovers and just trying to make great passes as opposed to just playing good basketball.''

UP NEXT

Florida A&M is at Portland on Dec. 16.

Tennessee hosts Memphis on Dec. 14.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Tennessee  
19:48   Personal foul on Evins Desir  
19:40 +2 Yves Pons made layup, assist by Lamonte Turner 0-2
19:07 +2 Rod Melton Jr. made jump shot 2-2
18:55   Bad pass turnover on Josiah-Jordan James, stolen by MJ Randolph  
18:55   Shooting foul on Josiah-Jordan James  
18:55 +1 MJ Randolph made 1st of 2 free throws 3-2
18:55   MJ Randolph missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:55   Defensive rebound by Josiah-Jordan James  
18:30   Lamonte Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:28   Offensive rebound by Josiah-Jordan James  
18:16 +2 John Fulkerson made jump shot, assist by Lamonte Turner 3-4
17:41   Personal foul on Kamron Reaves  
17:31   Lost ball turnover on Kamron Reaves  
17:13   Olivier Nkamhoua missed layup, blocked by Evins Desir  
17:11   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
17:13   Personal foul on Lamonte Turner  
17:13   Personal foul on John Fulkerson  
17:11   Evins Desir missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:11   Evins Desir missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:05   Personal foul on Josiah-Jordan James  
17:05   Personal foul on Olivier Nkamhoua  
16:58   Lost ball turnover on Evins Desir, stolen by Yves Pons  
16:16   Lamonte Turner missed jump shot  
16:14   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
16:04 +2 Olivier Nkamhoua made layup 3-6
15:48   Kamron Reaves missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:46   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
15:22   Olivier Nkamhoua missed layup  
15:20   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
15:13   Rod Melton Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:11   Defensive rebound by Tennessee  
15:13   Personal foul on Evins Desir  
14:52   John Fulkerson missed layup  
14:50   Defensive rebound by Brendon Myles  
14:28   Kamron Reaves missed jump shot, blocked by Davonte Gaines  
14:26   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
14:16   Shooting foul on MJ Randolph  
14:16   Davonte Gaines missed 1st of 2 free throws  
14:16   Davonte Gaines missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:16   Offensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
14:16   Jumpball received by Tennessee  
14:13 +2 John Fulkerson made dunk, assist by Jordan Bowden 3-8
13:47   MJ Randolph missed jump shot  
13:45   Defensive rebound by Drew Pember  
13:37   Yves Pons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:35   Offensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
13:35 +2 John Fulkerson made layup 3-10
13:18   Offensive foul on Brendon Myles  
13:18   Turnover on Brendon Myles  
12:51   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
12:49   Offensive rebound by Yves Pons  
12:38 +2 Yves Pons made layup 3-12
12:24   Traveling violation turnover on Evins Desir  
12:08 +2 Yves Pons made layup 3-14
11:49   Offensive foul on MJ Randolph  
11:49   Turnover on MJ Randolph  
11:37 +2 Jalen Johnson made dunk, assist by Jordan Bowden 3-16
11:20   Brendon Myles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
11:11   Offensive foul on Yves Pons  
11:11   Turnover on Yves Pons  
10:52   Personal foul on John Fulkerson  
10:52 +1 Evins Desir made 1st of 2 free throws 4-16
10:52   Evins Desir missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
10:41   Jordan Bowden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:39   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
10:32 +2 Olivier Nkamhoua made dunk 4-18
10:13 +2 Bryce Moragne made jump shot, assist by Brendon Myles 6-18
10:03 +3 Jordan Bowden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lamonte Turner 6-21
9:45   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Moragne, stolen by Lamonte Turner  
9:38   Olivier Nkamhoua missed layup  
9:36   Offensive rebound by Yves Pons  
9:36   Shooting foul on MJ Randolph  
9:36 +1 Yves Pons made 1st of 2 free throws 6-22
9:36 +1 Yves Pons made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-23
9:09 +3 Jamir Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Moragne 9-23
8:53   Shooting foul on Jamir Williams  
8:53 +1 Lamonte Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 9-24
8:53   Lamonte Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
8:53   Lost ball turnover on Jamir Williams  
8:34   Shooting foul on Nasir Core  
8:12   Yves Pons missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:12   Yves Pons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:12   Defensive rebound by DJ Jones  
7:45 +2 Evins Desir made layup, assist by DJ Jones 11-24
8:09 +2 Yves Pons made jump shot, assist by Lamonte Turner 11-26
7:17 +2 Evins Desir made jump shot, assist by Kamron Reaves 13-26
6:55   Josiah-Jordan James missed jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Nasir Core  
6:45   Kamron Reaves missed jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
6:29   Lost ball turnover on Lamonte Turner, stolen by Kamron Reaves  
6:27   Bad pass turnover on Evins Desir, stolen by Lamonte Turner  
6:22 +2 Lamonte Turner made layup 13-28
6:03   Traveling violation turnover on DJ Jones  
5:56   Yves Pons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:54   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
5:54   Jumpball received by Florida A&M  
5:54   Lost ball turnover on Olivier Nkamhoua, stolen by Jamir Williams  
5:37   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
5:35   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bowden  
5:23 +3 Lamonte Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bowden 13-31
5:07   Jamir Williams missed layup  
5:05   Defensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
4:56 +2 John Fulkerson made layup, assist by Lamonte Turner 13-33
4:36   Rod Melton Jr. missed jump shot  
4:34   Offensive rebound by Evins Desir  
4:27 +2 Evins Desir made layup 15-33
4:22   Shooting foul on Rod Melton Jr.  
4:22 +1 Lamonte Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 15-34
4:22 +1 Lamonte Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-35
4:03   Shooting foul on Olivier Nkamhoua  
4:03   Evins Desir missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:03 +1 Evins Desir made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-35
3:33   Jordan Bowden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Brendon Myles  
3:00   Bryce Moragne missed jump shot, blocked by Yves Pons  
2:58   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
2:39   Lamonte Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:37   Defensive rebound by DJ Jones  
2:29   Lost ball turnover on Kamron Reaves, stolen by Davonte Gaines  
2:22   Traveling violation turnover on Davonte Gaines  
2:07   Bryce Moragne missed jump shot  
2:05   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
2:02   Personal foul on Brendon Myles  
2:02 +1 Lamonte Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 16-36
2:02 +1 Lamonte Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-37
1:41   Bad pass turnover on Rod Melton Jr.  
1:18   Shooting foul on Evins Desir  
1:18 +1 Yves Pons made 1st of 2 free throws 16-38
1:18 +1 Yves Pons made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-39
53.0 +2 Brendon Myles made jump shot, assist by Rod Melton Jr. 18-39
38.0   Jordan Bowden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
36.0   Defensive rebound by Brendon Myles  
29.0   Lost ball turnover on Kamron Reaves, stolen by Lamonte Turner  
7.0   Lamonte Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5.0   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:46   Shooting foul on Kamron Reaves  
19:46 +1 John Fulkerson made 1st of 2 free throws 18-40
19:46   John Fulkerson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:46   Offensive rebound by Josiah-Jordan James  
19:26   Jordan Bowden missed jump shot  
19:24   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
19:12   Kamron Reaves missed layup  
19:10   Defensive rebound by Lamonte Turner  
18:58   Personal foul on MJ Randolph  
18:58 +2 Josiah-Jordan James made jump shot, assist by Lamonte Turner 18-42
18:28   Lost ball turnover on Evins Desir, stolen by Jordan Bowden  
18:14   Personal foul on Bryce Moragne  
18:08   Jordan Bowden missed jump shot  
18:06   Defensive rebound by Florida A&M  
18:01   Rod Melton Jr. missed layup  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bowden  
17:59   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Bowden  
17:46   Personal foul on Yves Pons  
17:29   Rod Melton Jr. missed jump shot  
17:27   Defensive rebound by John Fulkerson  
17:10   Bad pass turnover on Lamonte Turner  
16:44 +2 Bryce Moragne made layup 20-42
16:39   Lost ball turnover on Josiah-Jordan James  
16:14   Bryce Moragne missed jump shot  
16:12   Defensive rebound by Lamonte Turner  
16:02   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Johnson, stolen by Bryce Moragne  
15:56 +2 Bryce Moragne made layup, assist by Kamron Reaves 22-42
15:28   Personal foul on Jamir Williams  
15:24   Personal foul on Jamir Williams  
15:15   Josiah-Jordan James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:13   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
15:08   Shooting foul on Nasir Core  
15:08 +1 Yves Pons made 1st of 2 free throws 22-43
15:08 +1 Yves Pons made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-44
14:45   MJ Randolph missed jump shot, blocked by Olivier Nkamhoua  
14:45   Offensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
14:45   Nasir Core missed jump shot  
14:43   Defensive rebound by Yves Pons  
14:21   Yves Pons missed layup  
14:19   Defensive rebound by Jamir Williams  
14:10 +3 Jamir Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by MJ Randolph 25-44
13:50   Olivier Nkamhoua missed layup, blocked by Bryce Moragne  
13:48   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
13:37   Nasir Core missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:35   Defensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
13:35   Jumpball received by Florida A&M  
13:35   Lost ball turnover on Olivier Nkamhoua, stolen by Jamir Williams  
13:26   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
13:24   Offensive rebound by DJ Jones  
13:24   Lost ball turnover on Jamir Williams, stolen by Davonte Gaines  
13:24   Shooting foul on Bryce Moragne  
13:24 +1 Josiah-Jordan James made 1st of 2 free throws 25-45
13:24 +1 Josiah-Jordan James made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-46
13:01   Bad pass turnover on MJ Randolph  
12:44 +2 John Fulkerson made layup, assist by Davonte Gaines 25-48
12:28 +2 Jamir Williams made dunk, assist by DJ Jones 27-48
12:09   Jordan Bowden missed jump shot  
12:07   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
12:03   MJ Randolph missed layup  
12:01   Defensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
11:51   Shooting foul on DJ Jones  
11:51 +1 Josiah-Jordan James made 1st of 2 free throws 27-49
11:51 +1 Josiah-Jordan James made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-50
11:26   Shooting foul on Jordan Bowden  
11:26   Kamron Reaves missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:26 +1 Kamron Reaves made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-50
11:14   Personal foul on Nasir Core  
11:14 +1 Davonte Gaines made 1st of 2 free throws 28-51
11:14 +1 Davonte Gaines made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-52
11:11   Personal foul on Davonte Gaines  
10:59   Lost ball turnover on Rod Melton Jr., stolen by Yves Pons  
10:59 +2 Josiah-Jordan James made dunk, assist by Jordan Bowden 28-54
10:50   Shooting foul on Jordan Bowden  
10:50 +1 Nasir Core made 1st of 2 free throws 29-54
10:50 +1 Nasir Core made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-54
10:30   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
10:28   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
10:26 +3 Davonte Gaines made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josiah-Jordan James 30-57
10:14 +2 Rod Melton Jr. made layup 32-57
9:54 +2 Olivier Nkamhoua made layup 32-59
9:35   Bad pass turnover on Nasir Core, stolen by John Fulkerson  
9:22   Bad pass turnover on Josiah-Jordan James, stolen by Nasir Core  
9:14   Bryce Moragne missed layup  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Josiah-Jordan James  
9:04   Davonte Gaines missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
8:46   Kamron Reaves missed jump shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
8:29   Josiah-Jordan James missed jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
8:23   Rod Melton Jr. missed layup  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
8:15 +2 John Fulkerson made dunk, assist by Davonte Gaines 32-61
7:49   Lost ball turnover on Evins Desir, stolen by Olivier Nkamhoua  
7:39   Lost ball turnover on Josiah-Jordan James, stolen by DJ Jones  
7:31   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
7:14 +2 Olivier Nkamhoua made layup, assist by Drew Pember 32-63
6:53   Evins Desir missed layup, blocked by Olivier Nkamhoua  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Tennessee  
6:28   John Fulkerson missed jump shot  
6:26   Offensive rebound by Davonte Gaines  
6:14   Shooting foul on Kamron Reaves  
6:14 +1 Davonte Gaines made 1st of 2 free throws 32-64
6:14 +1 Davonte Gaines made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-65
5:44   Shot clock violation turnover on Florida A&M  
5:28   Davonte Gaines missed jump shot  
5:26   Offensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
5:26   Shooting foul on DJ Jones  
5:26 +1 Olivier Nkamhoua made 1st of 2 free throws 32-66
5:26   Olivier Nkamhoua missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:26   Defensive rebound by Jamir Williams  
5:00   Brendon Myles missed jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Olivier Nkamhoua  
4:30   Lost ball turnover on Josiah-Jordan James  
4:30 +2 Evins Desir made layup, assist by DJ Jones 34-66
4:04   John Fulkerson missed layup  
4:02   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
3:51   DJ Jones missed layup  
3:49