Vols Roar Past Alabama State

Tennessee (4-3) broke a 20-20 tie with an 18-2 run to end the first half and coasted to a road victory over Alabama State (1-5) tonight in Montgomery.

Shooting a blistering 55 percent (25-of-45) from the field, Tennessee limited the Hornets to 27 percent (16-of-59) of their field goal attempts, including a frosty 7-of-31 from three-point range. By contrast, the Vols connected on 7-of-14 of their three-point attempts.

Brandon Crump and Scooter McFadgon paced UT's 71 point production, scoring 17 and 16, respectively. Junior point guard C.J. Watson added four points, but led the Vols with seven rebounds and nine assists. Chris Lofton scored 12 points on four baskets from beyond the arc. Andre Patterson contributed nine points to Tennessee's total while Major Wingate came off the bench to tally eight points.

Alabama State, which was playing its homecoming against the Vols, was led in scoring by Alex Oliver with 12 points. Oliver is a Knoxville native and former basketball star at Bearden High School. No other Hornet scored in double figures.

The Volunteers displayed patience against Alabama State's match-up zone defense and eventually began to find the range from outside. Crump provided a strong post presence, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and pulling down six boards. McFadgon added six rebounds and three assist to go with his 16 points.

UT outrebounded the Hornets 38-31and had 19 assists against 16 turnovers. The Vols recorded their second straight win and moved past the .500 mark for the first time since a season opening victory over Stanford in the Maui Classic. It was also the Vols' first road win of the young campaign.

Tennessee travels to Albuquerque, N.M., next where they'll take on the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday night at the University Arena.

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