Tennessee used an early 19-0 run to take control and easily beat Arkansas 77-58 on Wednesday night at Thompson Boling Arena.
The Vols had six players score in double figures as they won their 10th game at home in their last 11 tries. Arkansas dropped its ninth game away from Fayetteville in as many tries.
"In the first half, we didn't play smart and we didn't play with the toughness you have to have on the road," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.
Arkansas used a 19-6 run spanning both halves to pull within 11 points, but the Volunteers held the Razorbacks to just 16 points in the final 15 minutes of the game.
"I was proud of our guys in the second half," Anderson said. "I thought in the second half we played more like the Razorbacks are capable of playing."
BJ Young led the Razorbacks with 18 points. The Razorbacks (17-9, 5-6 SEC) shot 43 percent, but couldn't slow the Vols, which shot 56 percent for the game.
Tennessee made 11 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc. Skylar McBee made four 3-point baskets to score in double figures for the 10th time this season. McBee had 12 points.
"The past three or four games, we've done a good job running the motion offense," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. "That's a credit to our guys moving and getting open against the zone defense. When you make that pass, good things happen. We penetrated and found the shooter."
The Razorbacks won the rebounding battle, but committed 18 turnovers - four more than the Volunteers (14-12, 6-5 SEC).
"We didn't do the things that you have to do to win on the road. We just gave up unforced turnovers," Anderson said.
Jordan McRae led the Vols with 14 points and Cameron Tatum was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
The Razorbacks host No. 14 Florida on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena. The game has already been announced as a sellout.
Photo Credit: Danny Parker
Tennessee 77, Arkansas 58
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