Tennessee 108, Texas A&M 84
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Scooter McFadgon scored 23 points and Brandon Crump added 18 Tuesday night to lead Tennessee to a 108-84 win over Texas A&M.
The Volunteers (3-0) never trailed in the second half in a rematch of last year’s meeting the Aggies (3-1) won 83-66 using 3-pointers to stymie a late Tennessee run.
C.J. Watson scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and Stanley Asumnu added 12 points for Tennessee, which hasn’t opened the season with three straight wins since 2000-01.
Texas A&M, playing its first road game of the season, was led by Acie Law’s 19 points. LaKeith Blanks had 12 and Kevin Turner added 10.
Crump scored three baskets during a 13-2 run at the beginning of the second half that Tennessee used to take a 58-46 lead and control of the game.
Turner hit a 3 and Nick Anderson scored off a rebound for Texas A&M to stop the Vols’ hot streak.
The Aggies got as close as seven again, the last with 12:22 left, before Tennessee started an 11-1 run.
Freshman guard Dane Bradshaw was instrumental during the spurt on consecutive plays when he scored on a layup, took a charge, made two free throws and stole the ball and passed it to Jemere Hendrix for a basket. Crump’s flat-footed rebound basket that followed gave Tennessee a 74-57 lead with 9:31 to go.
Texas A&M tried to rally, stopping the run with Antoine Wright’s 3 to cut it to 14, but that was as close as the Aggies would get the rest of the way.
The Vols continued to pull away and got ahead by 21 with 6:30 minutes left.
Several Texas A&M players got into foul trouble early in the second half. Two fouled out, and Tennessee took advantage by shooting 25-of-34 from the foul line. The Vols also had seven turnovers to the Aggies’ 18.
In the first half, the Aggies led by three with a minute to go, but Crump scored and Justin Albrecht tapped in John Winchester’s miss at the buzzer to give Tennessee a 45-44 lead at halftime.
Texas A&M led by as many as seven early, but Tennessee used an 11-4 run to go ahead with 13:05 remaining.