The Tennessee Volunteers advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournamentafter defeating UMass 86-67 Friday afternoon. The win is Tennessee'ssecond victory in less than 48 hours.
JarnellStokes led the Vols with a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds, marking his21st double-double. His 14 rebounds tied Tennessee's record for rebounds in aNCAA Tournament game.
TheVolunteers shot 53.6 percent in the game and held UMass to just 42.4 percent.
UMassscored the opening basket of the game but Tennessee scored the next eight andled the remainder of the game. A dominating first half allowed the Volunteersto take a 41-22 lead into the lockerroom.
Tennessee's defense held Umass to aseason low total points for any half (22) and forced 10 Minutemen turnovers.
TheMinutemen pulled within 10 points multiple time in the early part of the secondhalf but a 7-0 run but the moment soley in the hands of Tennessee.
Tennesseehas won seven of its last eight games and move on to face No. 14 seed Mercer onSunday.