Tenth Ranked Vols Breeze Past App State 79-38


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Four double-digit scorers and a suffocating defensive effort led the 10th-ranked Tennessee basketball team to a dominant, 79-38, victory over Appalachian State on Tuesday inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Mountaineers’ (4-2) 38 points were the fewest points a Tennessee team has allowed during the tenure of sixth-year head coach Rick Barnes.

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On the boards, the Vols (3-0) were dominant for the second consecutive game, winning the rebound margin, 45-27.

Junior guard Victor Bailey Jr. led the Vols in scoring with 13 points in just 19 minutes of action.

Sophomore Josiah-Jordan James posted season-highs in both points (11) and rebounds (8), with five of his boards coming on the offensive glass. He also knocked down all three of his attempts from 3-point range.

Freshman Jaden Springer came off the bench to score 12 points on a highly efficient night from the field, knocking down six of his eight attempts.

Senior John Fulkerson was the most complete Vol on the night, tallying 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks.

Tennessee came storming out of the gates, opening the game with an 18-4 run. During that stretch, the Vols held App State without a field goal for the contest’s first seven-plus minutes while also forcing four turnovers.

The Big Orange continued to pour it on as the half progressed, holding the Mountaineers to just four made field goals also while spreading the wealth on offense. Eight of nine Vols who saw first-half action penned their names on the score sheet as UT took a 36-13 lead into the halftime break.

Appalachian State’s 13 first-half points were the fewest given up in a half by the Vols since Nov. 6, 2018. On that date, UT held Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to 11 points in the second half and walked away with an 86-41 victory.

Tennessee maintained control throughout the second half, shooting .464 from the field as a team and maintaining its stifling effort on the defensive side of the floor to walk away with the 41-point win.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.