No. 6 Vols drop second straight, 73-64 to Mizzou
A 27-point scoring output from Xavier Pinson and a difficult night from the foul line did the sixth-ranked Tennessee basketball team in Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 27-point scoring output from Xavier Pinson and a difficult night from the foul line did the sixth-ranked Tennessee basketball team in on Saturday, falling to Missouri, 73-64, at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Missouri (10-2, 4-2) recorded 10 steals and forced 18 Tennessee (10-3, 4-3) turnovers.
The Vols were led in scoring by senior Yves Pons who scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Pons also pulled in five rebounds and rejected a pair of shots.
Junior guard Victor Bailey Jr. scored 12 points—eight of which came in the second half—dished out three assists and recorded two steals. Sophomore Josiah-Jordan James also scored 12 points, while recording five rebounds, a block and a steal on the night.
Missouri held control for a majority of the opening half, taking a lead as large as 12 with just over eight minutes to play. Out of the under-eight media timeout, the Vols ripped off a 12-3 run to cut the Mizzou lead to 28-25 in a span of two minutes.
The programs traded buckets over the final minutes of the half before the Tigers took a 40-34 lead into the break.
Out of halftime, Missouri stretched its lead to double-digits and held the Vols to 30 percent shooting through the half’s first 12 minutes.
To close the night, the Tigers withstood UT’s multiple comeback bids, never letting the Orange & White within fewer than six points.
Up Next: Tennessee returns home for a Tuesday night clash with Mississippi State. Tipoff from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
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