Knoxville, Tenn. (Tenn.)-- 6th ranked Tennessee improves to (5-1) after crushing the Colonels of eastern Kentucky, 95-67. The Vols playing for the first time since falling to No. 2 Kansas last Friday night at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.
Not much suspense in this one. EKU led 5-to-3 but that was it as Grant Williams and the Vols flexed some muscle on their way to a convincing win. Williams led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky (3-4) and Tennessee were tied 11-all seven minutes into the game before the Volunteers scored 13 straight points to pull ahead for good. After Lachlan Anderson's 3-pointer cut Tennessee's lead to 24-14, the Vols scored eight straight points to complete a 21-3 spurt. Tennessee stayed in control the rest of the way.
The Vols altered their starting lineup for the first time this season, with sophomore Yves Pons making his first career start in place of Jordan Bowden.
Pons responded by getting an offensive rebound and sinking a 3-pointer on the game's first possession. He ended up with a career-high 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in 22 minutes. Pons' productive night included two dunks off alley-oops as well as two blocks.
Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and shot 8 of 9 from the floor for Tennessee. Jordan Bone added 14 points and seven assists. Williams had five assists to go along with his double-double.