Tennessee narrowly falls to Arizona

The Wildcats defeated the Vols, 75-70.
The Wildcats defeated the Vols, 75-70.
Published: Dec. 17, 2022 at 8:26 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2022 at 8:46 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The No. 6 Tennessee men’s basketball team journeyed west Saturday for a top-10 matchup against No. 9 Arizona.

The Vols fell narrowly to Arizona, 75-70. Tennessee shot 42 percent from the field and was eight of 27 from beyond the arc.

A key difference in the game was points off free throws.

The Vols stepped to the line just 10 times, making eight of those shots. Meanwhile, Arizona shot 24 of 27 free throws.

Despite the loss, Santiago Vescovi reached his 1,000 career points off a nine-point scoring night.

Zakai Zeigler and Olivier Nkamhoua led the team in scoring with 20 and 16 points respectively.

Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday night as they host Austin Peay.

Prior to Saturday, Tennessee has won each of its last five games against AP top-10 opponents, dating back to last season. Still, it’s the longest active streak in the nation. The Vols toppled No. 3 Kansas in November. Last season, UT beat teams ranked Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6.