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Tennessee makes history in win against Missouri

The Vols scored a major win Wednesday night in its game against Missouri.
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Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 6:49 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Vols scored a major win Wednesday night in its game against Missouri.

Seventh-ranked Tennessee dominated No. 12 Mizzou, 73-53, making it their third straight win at Mizzou Arena.

According to the SEC Network, it’s also Tennessee’s largest road win over an AP Top 25 team in program history.

FIRST HALF

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it - no major changes to the starting lineup as Tennessee begins SEC play in Columbia.

Tennessee started the game shooting 7-for-7 from the floor, including two 3-pointers. It was part of a 10-0 run that gave the Vols an 21-4 cushion headed into the first media timeout.

Tennessee’s early success on offense was thanks to a lot of movement along the perimeter. Rick Barnes opted to try to start attacking the post coming out of the break. The Vols were way less efficient trying to move outside in and went on a four minute scoring drought headed into the second and final media timeout of the half.

UT shot 54% from the field while holding Missouri to just 32% shooting in the first half.

Yves Pons swatted three shots in the first 20 minutes - the last one his 100th career block in a Tennessee uniform.

Tennessee took a 38-25 lead into the locker room.

SECOND HALF

UT again came out hot to start a half of play, outscoring Missouri 10-2 in the first 90 seconds.

On top of hitting their shots on offense, the Vols made things tough for Missouri’s shot-makers all game long. Tennessee turned Missouri over four times in less than three minutes of play and continued to extend its lead as the second half wore on.

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