Jaden Springer scored 21 points to lead No. 10 Tennessee over Tennessee Tech 103-49 on Friday night.
The 6-foot-4 freshman also had six rebounds and six assists and was one of six Volunteers (4-0) in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James and Victor Bailey Jr. scored 15 points each, John Fulkerson had 13 points and six rebounds, Keon Johnson scored 13 points and Yves Pons had 10 points and two blocks.
The Golden Eagles (0-8) were led by Jr. Clay with 13 points. Keishawn Davidson added 12 points.
After leading by 27 at halftime, Tennessee went on a 17-1 run midway through the second half and got its lead to 76-33.
Springer had 17 points by halftime as the Vols led 49-22. An 11-0 run late in the first half turned a struggle into a rout, giving Tennessee a 40-17 lead.
Tennessee Tech: A rigorous pre-Ohio Valley Conference schedule that included losses to Indiana, Xavier and Tennessee should prepare the Golden Eagles to be more competitive in their league.
Tennessee: After getting such a late start on the season (Dec. 8) the Vols were desperate to get some games under their belt. Even against an underwhelming opponent like Tennessee Tech, it was an opportunity to experiment under the bright lights in anticipation of the Southeastern Conference opener at Missouri Dec. 30.
Tennessee Tech: A trip to Western Kentucky on Tuesday will be the Golden Eagles’ last tuneup before the start of the OVC campaign.
Tennessee: The Vols are in the midst of four games in eight days. Monday will be No. 3 when they host Saint Joseph’s, a late addition to the schedule after games with Gonzaga and Notre Dame were canceled.