Tennessee (12-6, 4-2 SEC) had its way with Ole Miss (9-9, 0-5 SEC) on Tuesday night, running away from the Ole Miss Rebels at Thompson-Boling Arena by a score of 73-48.
John Fulkerson, who was named ESPN’s Player of the Game, had a career night for the Vols, scoring a career high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He grabbed 10 boards, had three steals and two assists in his 27 minutes of action. It was his third career double-double.
Jordan Bowden and Josiah James each scored 11.
Olivier Nkamhoua had 10 points and four rebounds. It was his best game of the year, according to Rick Barnes. “I said to O, tonight was your best game of the year, but you can’t go backwards,” Barnes said.
Santiago Vescovi only scored three points in 22 minutes on the floor, but had four assists against only two turnovers.
As a team, Tennessee took care of the basketball, only turning it over eight times and the Vols’ coach took notice. “The fact we took care of the ball for the first time this year feels pretty good,” Barnes said.
Tonight’s victory was Barnes’ 100th win as Tennessee coach.
The Vols play No. 3 Kansas on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse
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