Tuesday's college basketball: No. 10 Tennessee smothers Appalachian State, 79-38

Associated Press

Knoxville, Tenn. — Victor Bailey had 13 points and No. 10 Tennessee put its stifling defense on full display Tuesday night in a 79-38 victory over Appalachian State.

The Volunteers held Appalachian State scoreless for the first 6:22 while jumping out to a 13-0 lead. The margin was 36-8 before the Mountaineers scored the last five points of the first half.

Tennessee guard/forward Yves Pons (35) protects the ball during an NCAA college basketball game against Appalachian State in Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.

Tennessee came into the game holding opponents to 26% shooting from the field. Appalachian State managed 28%.

John Fulkerson and Jaden Springer each had 12 points for Tennessee (3-0), which started fast and didn’t slow down. Josiah-Jordan James scored 11.

Appalachian State (4-2) was led by Michael Almonacy with nine points.

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►No. 15 Florida State 74, Georgia Tech 61: Freshman guard Scottie Barnes had 16 points and six rebounds, and No. 15 Florida State pulled away midway through the second half.

M.J. Walker scored 14 points and Balsa Koprivica added 10 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had five scorers in double figures.

Michael Devoe had 21 points for Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-1), which used a 15-0 run to get back into the game in the second half. But the Seminoles never relinquished their lead.

Florida State has won 14 of the last 16 meetings in the series.

The Seminoles shot 27 of 51 (53%) from the floor and 8 for 17 (47%) from 3-point range.

The Yellow Jackets went 22 of 51 (43%) from the floor but just 5 of 20 (25%) on 3s.

Virginia Tech 66, No. 24 Clemson 60: Tyrece Radford scored 15 points and Virginia Tech beat Clemson in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Keve Aluma and Nahiem Alleyne each added 13 points for the Hokies (5-1), who won their league opener for the fifth time in six seasons. Virginia Tech was 25 for 31 on free throws, including 4 for 4 in the waning seconds.

Al-Amir Dawes led Clemson (5-1) with 18 points. He hit five 3-pointers.

Big Ten men

►No. 13 Illinois 92, Minnesota 65: Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 25 minutes to lead Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Freshman guard Adam Miller added 14 points, while Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu each scored 10 for Illinois (5-2). Dosunmu also had seven rebounds and five assists.

The previous high for Cockburn was 26 points against North Carolina A&T last December. He became the first player to have at least 33 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes or less against a Division I opponent since Michael Beasley had 33 and 15 for Kansas State in 22 minutes versus Iowa State in January 2008, according to STATS.

Marcus Carr had 16 points for Minnesota (6-1). Carr, the team’s leading scorer, was just 3 of 13 from the field.

Illinois shot 53% from the field to 28% for the Gophers.

►No. 12 Wisconsin 77, Loyola 63: Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice each scored 17 points as No. 12 Wisconsin capitalized on its sizzling 3-point shooting.

Wisconsin (5-1) went 10 of 18 from beyond the arc and made four of those long-range attempts during a 19-2 run that helped the Badgers build an 18-point advantage in the second half.

The game was set up just two days earlier after both teams had scheduled Wednesday matchups scrapped due to the pandemic. Wisconsin had planned on hosting Northern Iowa, and Loyola was supposed to face Duquesne in Indianapolis.

Instead, these two midwestern programs squared off for the first time since 1998.

Micah Potter had 13 points and Jonathan Davis added 12 as Wisconsin earned its 13th straight home victory.

Cameron Krutwig scored 19 points and Lucas Williamson had 15 for Loyola (3-1).

Neither team could get much going offensively early on.

►Northwestern 100, Quincy 48: Miller Kopp scored 23 points and Northwestern made 14 3-pointers.

Kopp scored seven of Northwestern’s nine points over the final three minutes of the first half, and he scored 12 of their opening 16 points after the break for a 40-point lead.

Kopp, Ty Berry and Boo Buie each made three 3-pointers as Northwestern was 14 of 29 from distance. The school record is 20 makes for the team, last done in 2011.

Buie finished with 15 points, Chase Audige added 14 and Pete Nance 12 for Northwestern (3-1). Berry chipped in with nine points, and Ryan Young had eight points, six rebounds and four assists. The Wildcats scored 34 points off 19 turnovers and outrebounded Quincy 55-23, leading to 26 second-chance points.

Northwestern closed the first half on a 20-2 run for a 47-17 lead. The Hawks were just 7-of-26 shooting (26.9%) in the first half with eight turnovers.

Tanner Stuckman scored 10 points for Quincy.

Northwestern is scheduled to open Big Ten play on Sunday against No. 4 Michigan State.

State women

►Central Michigan 69, Miami (Ohio) 51: Micaela Kelly scored 29 points to lead Central Michigan to a 69-51 win over Miami at McGuirk Arena, improving to 2-0 in conference play. It marked CMU's (3-1) third win in a row. Miami (1-3, 0-1 Mid-American) was held to a 3-for-19 clip from beyond the arc and 30.5% shooting on field goals for the game.