Vols lay the wood to UMass in a 71-45 win

The Tennessee Volunteers ran their win streak to 3 games as they dominated Massachusetts in Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night. The win turned out to be the icing on the cake on a perfect day in Big Orange sports.

The Vols allowed the Minutemen to stay within striking distance for the first half of the game. When Tennessee came out of the locker room, UMass was blitzed early by the Tennessee offense and the game quickly got out-of-hand.

Thaydeus Holden and Ron Slay both had 13-point halves. Holden's came in the first, while Slay put up his lucky number in the final half of the game. Slay led all scorers with a 21-point performance for the game. The Vols connected 52 percent from the field for the game, including 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point distance.

The Vols did have a 9-point advantage going into the half, but that grew very quickly as the halftime show came to a close. Tennessee hit a run early in the second half with a 23-7 march that made the score 62-37 with slightly under 10 minutes left in the contest. Micah Brand led the Minutemen with 14 points. UT led by as many as 31 points in the second half and UMass scored just 15 points in the second half.

Many reserves were able to see playing time on Wednesday night. Nashville product Boomer Herndon saw his most extensive action of the season. He scored 5 points, pulled down 7 boards and even added an assist.

The Vols jump back into SEC action on Georgia in a 3pm EST in Thompson-Boling Arena. The 17th ranked Bulldogs defeated the Vols 81-76 in overtime at Athens last month.

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