Vols pull away from Vandy for 25th straight win at home

Tennessee picks up its 11th straight win over the Commodores.
University of Tennessee basketball practice
Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 10:57 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:29 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The No. 5 Tennessee basketball team continued its success on Tuesday night with a win over Vanderbilt, 77-68.

The Vols (14-2, 4-0 SEC) now have the third-longest home win streak in the country, notching it’s 25th in a row at Thompson-Bolina Arena.

Tennessee has now won 11 consecutive games against Vanderbilt (8-8, 1-2 SEC), matching UT’s longest win-streak in series history (1943-49).

UT dominated in the second half to secure the win. The offensive charge was led by Santiago Vescovi, who finished tied for the team-high in scoring with 15 points. The senior recorded 12 of those points in the second half, making 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes. Vescovi has been in a groove of late, averaging 16.2 points and shooting 29-of-48 from the floor in the last five games.

The offense was largely facilitated by SEC Sixth Man of the Year candidate Zakai Zeigler, who has distributed the rock with precision in the last three games. He dished out nine assists Tuesday and is averaging 9.0 per game since the victory over Mississippi State on Jan. 3.

Vols freshman Julian Phillips also played a major roll in the scoring Tuesday night, dropping 15 points and pulling down six boards. Uros Plavsic was a force in the post, also carding a double-figure scoring total with 11. The 7-foot-1 big man also had himself a night on the defensive end, poking away a career-high three steals on the night, which led the Vol defense.

The Tennessee Volunteers jumped three spots in the AP college basketball poll on Monday after beating South Carolina on the road. Time will tell if this victory will impact the Vols’ ranking.