Sabonis scores 36 as Gonzaga holds off Tennessee 86-79
SEATTLE (AP) - Domantas Sabonis scored 20 of his career-high 36 points in the first half, Kyle Wiltjer added 24 and Gonzaga blew a 19-point lead before holding on late for a 86-79 win over Tennessee on Saturday night.
Playing their annual game at Seattle's KeyArena, the Bulldogs (8-3) dominated the first half only to be challenged in the closing minutes after Tennessee rallied to take a 61-59 lead with 9:42 remaining. Quiet for most of the second half, Sabonis scored 14 points in the final 8:37 as the Bulldogs responded after dropping two of their previous three games against power conference opponents.
Sabonis made 12 of 16 shots, was 12 of 15 at the free-throw line and grabbed 16 rebounds. His previous career-high was 26 against Northern Arizona earlier this season.
Kevin Punter Jr. led Tennessee (5-5) with 23 points. Devon Baulkman added 17 points and Armani Moore had 16 for the Volunteers.