No. 4 Tennessee secures win over No. 10 Texas

Saturday marked just the second men’s top-10 matchup in the 36-year history of Thompson-Boling Arena.
University of Tennessee basketball practice
Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 6:47 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2023 at 8:19 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (17-3) stepped out of conference for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday at 6 p.m. inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

In the first quarter, Tennessee and Texas were neck and neck, exchanging the lead multiple times.

Eventually, Tennessee pulled away and consistently secured the lead.

Olivier Nkamhoua led the Vols in both single points and rebounds. He scored 14 points with 6/8 free throws secured and four rebounds.

Zakai Zeigler led the team in assists with six.

The Vols made 51.7 percent of field goals while the Texans only secured 39.3 percent; however, the two teams tied for turnovers.

By the end of the half, Tennessee led the Texans, 40-28.

With just one minute left in the game, Tennessee led by 12 points. The gap between the Texans and the Vols slowly closed toward the second quarter, but Texas could not make a comeback.

In the second half, the Vols secured 10 turnovers to the Texans’ nine.

Nkamhoua secured 26 points with Zeigler following closely behind with 22.

Santiago Vescovi led the team with eight rebounds while Zeigler assisted the team 10 times.

Sir’Jabari Rice with Texas scored 21 points, the Texans’ leader in this game.

Tennessee secured the win, 82-71.