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% 
Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Liberty0-07-3194
UNC-Ash.0-06-4160
Radford0-05-4143
Winthrop0-05-4182
Presbyterian0-06-5256
Campbell0-05-5321
Char. So.0-04-4290
High Point0-04-5301
Longwood0-03-7351
Gardner-Webb0-03-8276

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Texas A&M0-09-16
Auburn0-08-155
Kentucky0-08-136
Miss. State0-08-152
Georgia0-07-164
Tennessee0-07-18
Missouri0-08-23
S. Carolina0-08-241
Arkansas0-07-29
LSU0-06-2166
Alabama0-07-326
Florida0-06-363
Ole Miss0-05-4133
Vanderbilt0-03-6168
 
Other games
BAYL 84 Final
BC 74
NCST 72 Final
PSU 55
SHOU 45 Final
IND 99
SAM 54 Final
LOU 80
CHATT 55 Final
KAN 69
UTEP 51 Final
ARIZ 72
JMAD 70 Final
UCLA 100