Hot shooting Tennessee Vols beat Kennesaw State in season opener

Tennessee basketball adds another graduate transfer (Image 1)
Tennessee basketball adds another graduate transfer (Image 1)

Hot shooting early and gritty defense pushed Tennessee past Kennesaw State 76-67 Friday night.

Skylar McBee and Jordan McRae led the Vols with 14 points apiece. Kenny Hall (13) and Jarnell Stokes (10) also scored in double-figures as the Vols won their 14th straight season opener. The Vols are now 24-2 all-time in home openers at Thompson-Boling Arena, winning the last home debuts.

Tennessee (1-0) shot 60.5 percent from the floor (26-of-43) for the game including 70.8 in the first half.

The Vols were a crisp 7-of-12 from beyond the arc thanks to strong 3-point shooting efforts from McBee (4-of-7) and McRae (3-of-4).

Tennessee led the Owls, 42-30, at halftime thanks to some remarkable shooting from the floor. The Vols made 70.8% from the floor (17-of-24). Hall and McRae led the Vols with eight points.

The Vols used an 8-0 run to take a 10-4 lead on a Josh Richardson dunk, 5:22 into the first half.

Tennessee heads to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Bayamon, P.R.

The Vols will open the event against UNC-Asheville on November 16 at 12:30 p.m.  

That game will air on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.

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