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Tennessee trainer Rick Barnes met with the media Monday prior to the Vols trip to Mississippi State on Tuesday
Mike W

STARKVILLE, Pass over. – The state of Mississippi has observed sufficient of Tennessee basketball and Admiral Schofield after the previous 4 days.

The Vols junior ahead, who scored a career-high 25 at Ole Pass over on Saturday, used to be dynamic once more and scored 24 issues as UT overcame an early deficit to best possible Mississippi State in resounding style with necessary penalties.

Tennessee clinched a double-bye in subsequent week’s SEC match and moved inside of a half-game of first-place Auburn with a 76-54 win at Humphrey Coliseum.

Schofield, who used to be the co-SEC Participant of the Week for his two-game appearing remaining week, as soon as once more used to be good for the No. 17 Vols (22-7, 12-Five SEC). He added seven rebounds for the second one directly sport to move along with his 24 issues.

Lamonte Turner had 12 issues off the bench, serving to the Vols turn into most effective the second one group to win at Mississippi State (21-Nine, Nine-Eight) this season. The opposite is Auburn, who performs at Arkansas overdue Tuesday and desires a win to stick on my own in first position within the SEC.

Tennessee trailed nearly all the first 10 mins, with lackluster protection and an offense suffering in opposition to just right Mississippi State protection.

UT trailed by way of 8 with Nine:44 left within the first half of, however little greater than 20 mins of sport time later led by way of 19 at the heels of a 14-Three run. The Vols shot 68.2 p.c from the sphere in the second one half of, hitting 13 in their ultimate 15 box objectives to finish the blowout.

Tennessee closed the primary half of on a 23-Nine run to show an eight-point deficit to a six-point lead within the ultimate 10 mins. The Vols tied the sport 25-25 after an Eight-Zero run erased the deficit.

MSU regained the lead prior to James Daniel III banked house a 40-footer with the shot clock ticking right down to tie the sport at 30. Derrick Walker scored on an open layup a ownership later to place Tennessee forward 32-30, and the Vols by no means trailed once more.

Unfastened throws

Tennessee had tried 15 unfastened throws in each and every of its previous two video games. The Vols had eclipsed that by way of halftime, taking 16 unfastened throws within the first half of and making 14.

Schofield used to be Five-for-6 within the first half of and Grant Williams used to be Four-for-Four.

Up subsequent

Tennessee closes out the common season in opposition to Georgia on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, SEC Community).