National Basketball Association
Tennessee 102, Saint Joseph's 66
When: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, December 21, 2020
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
# Chuck Jones, # Joe Lindsay, # Jeffrey Anderson
Victor Bailey Jr. scored 18 points as Santiago Vescovi added a season-high 16 points to go with five assists as No. 8 Tennessee remained unbeaten with a 102-66 rout of Saint Joseph's on Monday night in Knoxville, Tenn.
Six players finished in double figures for the Volunteers (5-0), who seized control with a 16-0 run early in the first half and led by as many as 38 points. Tennessee eclipsed 100 points in successive games for the first time since 2006 while shooting 50 percent (31-for-62).
Yves Pons had 13 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee while Keon Johnson contributed 12 points and five assists. John Fulkerson and Jaden Springer added 10 points apiece.
Ryan Daly paced the Hawks (0-5) with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Dahmir Bishop scored 12 points while Taylor Funk and Rahmir Moore each chipped in 10.
In suffering their most lopsided loss of the season, the Hawks nonetheless became the first opponent to score 60-plus points against the Volunteers this season, reaching the plateau on Moore's driving baseline dunk with 2:10 to play. Tennessee last limited five straight foes to fewer than 60 points in March 2014.
Tennessee surged to a 56-33 halftime lead behind 60 percent shooting and an 18-for-19 effort from the foul line. Bailey led the charge with 13 points as the Volunteers had 13 assists on 16 made field goals.
Saint Joseph struggled to 38.5 percent shooting in the first half and shot 39.7 percent (23-for-58) for the game. Jack Forrest had nine points at the break, while Daly and Funk chipped in eight apiece. The Hawks led for 25 seconds in the early going, but ultimately couldn't overcome a scoreless drought of 3:55 during which the Volunteers built a double-digit cushion they wouldn't relinquish.
Funk was one of three Hawks players to foul out.
Monday marked the schools' first meeting since 1998. Tennessee tied the all-time series at two games apiece while improving to 28-14 against programs in the Atlantic 10.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Ryan Daly 13
Victor Bailey Jr. 18
Ryan Daly 3
John Fulkerson 5
Ryan Daly 7
Yves Pons 9
Ryan Daly 5
||Free Throws Made
Victor Bailey Jr. 6
Jack Forrest 1
Keon Johnson 3
Keon Johnson 2
Team Stats Summary