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Vols Hoops Notebook: Tennessee blows out Virginia

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Morehead St Tennessee BasketballAny lingering memories from Tennessee’s 38-point effort last year at Virginia were erased — and erased early — Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee made 8-of-11 3-pointers, was 10-for-10 at the free throw line and shot 57.7 percent from the field against the visiting Cavaliers. And that was just the first 20 minutes of the Vols’ 87-52 railroading of Virginia.

Josh Richardson — coming off a team-high 19 points last week against Morehead State —tied a career-high with 20 points.

He had 15 of those in the first half, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 from the behind the 3-point line. He ended the night 4-for-4 from 3.

Jordan McRae ended the night with a ho-hum 21 points, shooting 60 percent from the field and 100 percent at the free throw line. Jarnell Stokes had 20 points — going 12-of-14 at the free throw line — and had five rebounds.

McRae had 11 on just two field goals in the first half. He was 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Stokes had 6 and finished the half 4-for-4 at the line.

Antonio Barton, who put a exclamation point on the red-hot first half with a half-court heave that beat the buzzer for a 48-26 lead, was also 3-for-3 from 3 in the opening 20 minutes.

After scoring 7 combined points in Tennessee’s last three games, he had 11 in the opening half against Virginia. Barton finished with 14 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Tennessee shot just 28 percent from the field, and 15 percent from 3, in a 43-38 loss at Virginia on Dec. 5, 2012. Former point guard Trae Golden was the only Vol in double-digits that night, with 11. Kenny Hall had 8.

That loss wrapped up a two-game stretch where the Vols scored 74 combined points at Georgetown (38-36 loss) and at Virginia (43-38).

Monday night Richardson, Barton and McRae combined for 37 points in the first half alone. The 48-point first half against Virginia gave Tennessee 130 points over its last 60 minutes of basketball, including the 82 points scored in the win over Morehead State.

Written by Grant Ramey

December 30th, 2013 at 6:00 pm