Vescovi career-day elevates No. 9 Vols over Aggies

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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (UT Athletics) – A career-high 23 points from sophomore guard Santiago Vescovi and a smothering defensive display propelled the ninth-ranked Tennessee basketball team past Texas A&M, 68-54, on Saturday at Reed Arena.

Tennessee (9-1, 3-1 SEC) held Texas A&M (6-4, 1-3 SEC) to 34 percent shooting from the field (16-of-47), while converting on nearly 60 percent of its own field-goal attempts (27-of-46).

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The Vols .587 shooting percentage was a season-high, narrowly eclipsing their .583 performance in the home victory over Tennessee Tech last month.

Vescovi’s 23 points came on a career-high eight made field goals and a career-high-tying six made attempts from 3-point range. Vescovi also reeled in five rebounds, dished off three assists and recorded a pair of steals.

Senior Wooden Award candidate John Fulkerson scored 11 points, pulled in five boards and blocked three shots for the second consecutive contest.

Vols freshman Jaden Springer made his first career start and posted 10 points and a season-high-tying six assists.

Josiah-Jordan James continued his consistent stretch of play in all areas of the gmae, grabbing a pair of rebounds, nabbing a pair of steals and dishing out five assists with no turnovers.

The opening eight minutes were highlighted by Vescovi’s hot shooting, as he knocked down his first four attempts from 3-point range to help give UT a 16-9 advantage at the under-12 media break.

The Vols maintained control for the remainder of the half, never relinquishing the lead and taking a 37-30 lead into the locker room.

Tennessee used its stifling defense to fend off A&M through the duration the second half, stretching its lead to as many as 18 before walking away with the 68-54 triumph.

Vols Assist Vols: Tennessee assisted on 23 of its 27 made field goals, marking a season-high assist percentage of .852.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."