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IT's Take: Vols move above .500

The Vols move to above .500 for the first time in this young season with a 90-50 thrashing of Presbyterian.

The Vols used a 23-0 run to move to above the .500 mark  for the first time of the season with the victory over Presbyterian, 90-50. The game was much closer than the final score indicates. Before the Vols exploded outscoring the visitors 40-9 to finish the game, the game was 50-41 in the second half with just over 12 minutes left to play. The Vols were led by freshman Lamonte Turner who totaled 24 points and made seven three-point baskets. Jordan Bowden also found the hot hand with 21 points and five three-point shots including a flury of three in two trips down the court. 

Offense: The Vols set a season high with 16 three-point baskets made which allowed the home team to pull away in the second stanza. Tennessee played primarily on the perimeter attempting a season high 32 shots from behind the arc. There were a number of possessions where the Volunteers fell a little too much in love with the perimeter and became stagnant with their motion. The zone did bother the Vols as there was a seven minute dry spell in the first half where the Vols did not score a field goal. The Vols had a great performance valuing the basketball committing only five turnovers. Tennessee also had an excellent night shooting from the free throw line making 16 of its' 19 free tosses. Overall it was a solid performance but having a seven minute field goal drought against a clearly inferior team effects the overall performance of the offense.  

Defense: On the defensive side of the ball the Vols had their moments where they were excellent. The visitors went over seven minutes in the first half half without scoring a point and the Vols obviously played solid outscoring Presbyterian 40-9 to finish the game. The Vols primarily used a 3/4 court press this first half that was effective in keeping the Blue Hose from getting into their offensive sets until the shot clock was there 12-17 seconds remaining. The Vols once again were able to force their opponent into a high number of miscues causing 21 turnovers.The defense did not defend the three ball well giving up seven made three-point baskets which allowed the visitors to pull within reach at 50-41.

Rebounding: The Vols really hit the glass hard the first half out rebounding the visitors by five and also had 10 offensive rebounds to Presbyterian's two. The second half was not as solid on the glass as the Blue Hose doubled up the Vols eight to four in the offensive rebounding department. Grant Williams was the leading rebounder with nine with no one else having more than five. It was not a solid night for the other post players as John Fulkerson, Kyle Alexander, Admiral Schofield, and Lew Evans only combined for 10 rebounds.

Offense: B

Defense: A-

Rebounding: C

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