KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Choosing up proper the place it left off after an ideal house slate in 2021-22, the Eleventh-ranked Tennessee Volunteers opened the 2022-23 season with a 75-43 victory over Tennessee Tech Monday night time at Thompson Boling Enviornment.
The Volunteers (1-0) made it occur on each ends of the ground and Tyreke Key shined in his Rocky Prime debut, main the crew in scoring with 17 factors and taking pictures 4-of-8 from past the arc. He enlivened the second-largest crowd for a house opener within the Rick Barnes period, bringing the 17,957 in attendance to their ft time and time once more. The Vols additionally received their sixth-consecutive season opener within the Barnes period.
The protection was a crew effort because the Vols logged 17 steals within the sport, tying a Barnes period excessive. 9 totally different Vols had a steal within the sport and the staunch protection was led by Key, Santiago Vescovi and Jahmai Mashack, who every recorded three. For Mashack, it set a brand new profession excessive.
Vescovi received his senior marketing campaign off to a robust begin as he compiled an all-around night time, including 9 factors on three 3-pointers and main the crew rebounds (8) and tying for the crew lead in assists (5).
The Vols chucked up the second-most 3-point tries in program historical past, making an attempt 44 on the night time. 14 of such pictures discovered the web after the Vols had 13 video games with double-digit made 3-pointers a yr in the past.
Extra impressively the Large Orange didn’t miss on the charity stripe, sinking all 9 makes an attempt from the road. It was nearly a mirror of the matchup a season in the past the place the Vols went 10-of-10 from the road, marking the seventh good efficiency from the road in program historical past (minimal of 10 makes an attempt.) The truth is, the Vols have made 27 consecutive free throws in opposition to the Golden Eagles, courting again to Dec. 29, 2018.
Tennessee’s lockdown protection began early within the ballgame. The Volunteers didn’t enable a Tennessee Tech subject aim for the primary 8:40 of the sport, amassing 5 steals throughout that span all by totally different Vols. For the half, the Golden Eagles amassed simply 16 factors, the bottom first half complete for a Tennessee opponent since conceding 15 to UNC Greensboro final December.
Key, an influence switch from Indiana State, launched himself to Vol Nation early, coming off the bench and scoring 11 of Tennessee’s 27 first half factors on 3-of-5 taking pictures, 2-of-4 from past the arc and draining all three free throw tries.
Popping out of the locker room, the offense instantly kicked into gear, hitting 7-of-11 (63.6 p.c) from the ground to start out the interval, together with 4-of-6 from deep with makes from Key, Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James. For the primary 10 minutes of the second half, the Vols transformed on 7-of-13 (53.8 p.c) from downtown.
Zakai Zeigler was a sparkplug within the second interval, accounting for 10 factors and matching Vescovi’s help complete with 5.
Tennessee will probably be again in motion Sunday, Nov. 13, within the midstate because the Vols tackle Colorado at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Enviornment in downtown Nashville on ESPN.