KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Yves Pons scored 13 factors and No. 18 Tennessee overcame a depressing taking pictures night time to beat Mississippi State 56-53 Tuesday night time.
Pons was a essential drive within the first half for the Vols. Within the remaining 2:30 of the sport, it was freshman Keon Johnson who scored 4 of his eight factors, whereas taking an necessary charging foul, to seal the victory for Tennessee (11-3, 5-Three Southeastern Convention).
Whereas the Vols shot 37% from the sphere, the Bulldogs (9-8, 4-5) managed simply 33%.
Mississippi State was led by Iverson Molinar with 16 factors and D.J. Stewart with 11. Abdul Ado had 12 rebounds and Quinten Publish pulled down 10 because the Bulldogs dominated the boards, 42-30.
After main by three at halftime, Tennessee struggled to climate Mississippi State’s second half rally. Halfway by means of the second half, the Bulldogs went forward on an inside basket from Ado, 41-38. The lead did not final lengthy as Pons answered with a pair of baskets.
Tennessee’s 26-23 halftime lead was the product of an early spurt by the Vols.
Eight minutes into the sport, Mississippi State had scored simply 4 factors. Pons had 5 factors and Tennessee gained a 15-Four benefit.
Then, within the remaining 10 minutes of the primary half, the Vols managed simply two subject objectives.
Stewart led the Bulldogs’ restoration, scoring 9 factors. Mississippi State tied the sport at 20 with simply over 5 minutes to play when Abdul Ado scored from down low.
Three free throws by Tennessee freshman Jaden Springer, who was again after lacking the final two video games with an ankle harm, then a 3-pointer by Santiago Vescovi gave the Vols some respiratory room.
Mississippi State: High quality SEC victories over Missouri and Florida have helped the Bulldogs with credibility across the league. How that performs out within the homestretch of the common season shall be fascinating.
Tennessee: Discovering a solution to cease the bleeding and discovering the swagger they’d earlier within the season is paramount for the Vols. Getting freshman Jaden Springer (ankle) wholesome and again within the lineup will go a great distance towards doing that.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs will depart the grind of the convention marketing campaign to be a part of the SEC/Massive 12 Problem. They are going to entertain Iowa State Saturday.
Tennessee: Two weeks in the past, it might have been a Prime 10 matchup between the Vols and Kansas. Nevertheless, Tennessee suffered a pair setbacks and the Jayhawks have misplaced three in a row, taking the luster off Saturday’s sport in Knoxville.