Tennessee has played well enough in spurts to dominate its first two opponents.
Of course, it helps that those spurts have been rather lengthy and decisive.
Lamonte’ Turner and Jordan Bone each scored 16 points Tuesday as Tennessee went on an early 32-0 run and rolled to an 84-53 triumph over High Point. That followed a season-opening 88-53 victory over Presbyterian in which Tennessee scored 28 straight points for a stretch of 9 minutes, 45 seconds.
“Honestly, just being out there, you don’t even know you’re going on a run like that,” Turner said. “You’re just playing, trying to focus on your job, focus on just playing defense and helping your teammates, and it just kind of happens.”
Four nights after reaching the 100-point mark in its season opener, High Point (1-1) was held scoreless for a stretch of 11 minutes, 43 seconds and didn’t get a basket for a span of 12:15.
“It’s what we were doing offensively,” High Point coach Scott Cherry said. “Give them credit. They’re very good at what they do, but we were turning the ball over, driving it in, forcing things. We had 19 possessions in a row (where) if I go back and look at those 19 possessions, I’m not sure we had enough good ones, and when we did have good ones, we missed free throws and missed wide-open shots.”
Admiral Schofield scored 14 points for Tennessee. Jahaad Proctor had 17 points and Andre Fox added 13 for High Point.