Offensive Surge Leads Tennessee Past ETSU, 94-62

Olivier Nkamhoua led the team and set a new career-high, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He knocked down both three pointers he attempted and secured eight rebounds.
Published: Nov. 14, 2021 at 1:52 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - With a strong effort on both ends of the floor, the Tennessee men’s basketball team defeated ETSU 94-62 Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols held ETSU to 19-of-56 (33.9 percent) shooting while eclipsing 90 points for the first time this season.

Tennessee Basketball Postgame

Tennessee Basketball Head Coach Rick Barnes speaks after Vols beat the Buccaneers, 94-62!

Posted by WVLT on Sunday, November 14, 2021

Olivier Nkamhoua led the team and set a new career-high, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He knocked down both three pointers he attempted and secured eight rebounds.

Tennessee (2-0) picked up 14 steals, the most in a game since Feb. 7, 2015 when it matched that number against Georgia. It also pulled down 51 rebounds, the first time nabbing over 50 boards since Nov. 28, 2018 when it had 50 against Eastern Kentucky.

Kennedy Chandler scored all of his points in the first half, notching 16 on 6-of-9 shooting. He added six assists and posted the first block of his collegiate career and three steals, also a career first.

The win marked the 729th of head coach Rick Barnes’ career, tying him for 16th on the nation’s all-time wins list with Norm Stewart and Jerry Tarkanian.

Tennessee saw its offense explode out of the gates, posting 46 points in the first half going on a pair of long scoring runs. Early in the half the Vols put together an 11-0 run starting at the 15:41 mark and lasting 4:11. UT rounded out the half on a 15-1 run in the last 5:47. John Fulkerson dominated the glass in the period, pulling down eight rebounds in his first game back from injury. He finished with 10 and was the only Vol with double-digit boards.

Nkamhoua and Justin Powell both finished in double figures for the second half, scoring 16 and 11, respectively. 16 Volunteers played in the half as senior, and Knoxville native, Brack Jancek recorded his first career points with just under two minutes left in the game. Jonas Aidoo and Isaiah Sulack both made their career debut while Kent Gilbert checked into the second game of his career.

The game marked a return to Knoxville for ETSU (0-2) head coach Desmond Oliver. Oliver spent his last six seasons as an assistant on Rocky Top before taking the head job at ETSU this past offseason.

Next up for the Volunteers is the Hall of Fame Top-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. No. 18 Tennessee will face No. 4 Villanova Saturday, Nov. 20, with tip-off slated for 1 p.m.

FULKERSON RETURNS: After missing Tennessee’s season-opener due to injury, super senior John Fulkerson returned to the Vols’ starting lineup on Sunday, finishing with six points and 10 rebounds. It marked Fulkerson’s 133rd game as a Vol—he needs just 10 more appearances to break UT’s all-time record for career games played (142 by Wayne Chism from 2006-10).

BALL-HAWKING DEFENSE: Tennessee recorded 14 steals as a team against ETSU after having 12 on Tuesday against UT Martin. It marks the first time the Vols have had 10 or more steals in ba

ck-to-back games since Nov. 22 & 23 against Oregon and Chaminade.

POWELL MONEY FROM DEEP: After draining three triples against UT Martin, Justin Powell once again made three 3-pointers on Sunday. Including his 10-game freshman season at Auburn, it marks his fourth career game with multiple 3-pointers.

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