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Vols bounce back with 103-94 win over Appalachian State

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UTsports.com) -- Tennessee used a balanced attack to race past Appalachian State, 103-94, on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena for its first victory of the season.

Robert Hubbs III led six players in double figures with 16 points as the Volunteers eclipsed the century mark in points for the first time since a 104-84 win against Memphis in 2011. Redshirt freshman guard Lamonte Turner scored 13 of his career-high 15 points in the second half and was one of five UT players to set career-highs in scoring. UT shot 56 percent (35-of-63) from the floor, including a 42 percent (8-of-19) clip from long distance.

The Big Orange also passed the ball well throughout the game, recording 26 assists, their most since dishing out 26 helpers against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 23, 2009. Freshman guard Jordan Bone led the Vols with eight dimes while also chipping in seven points. Kyle Alexander also had a big game for UT, leading the team with seven rebounds while scoring a career-high 13 points.

The Volunteers (1-1) and Mountaineers (0-2) went back-and-forth for the first five minutes of the game before UT increased the defensive pressure to fuel a 21-2 run. Tennessee held App State scoreless for over six minutes during the run to take a 21-point advantage. UT also forced 15 first-half turnovers and converted those into 22 points. The Vols led by as many as 26 points in the opening 20 minutes before App State went on a 22-6 run to close the half.

Freshman guard and Knoxville native Jordan Bowden made his first-career start and led the Vols with 12 points at the break on 4-of-7 shooting. All four of Bowden's made field goals came from beyond the arc as UT shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range in the first half.

Hubbs also had 10 points in the first half to help give the Volunteers a 50-38 lead heading into the locker room. Tennessee's 50 points were its most in the first half of a game since putting up 53 in an 83-69 victory over Florida on Jan. 6, 2016.

App State outscored the Vols, 56-53, in the second half thanks to a strong finish to the game. The Mountaineers went on a 23-7 run to cut the lead to seven with just under a minute to play before UT iced the game at the free-throw line. App State's Ronshad Shabazz and Isaac Johnson led all scorers with 21 points on the night.

TRIPLE DIGITS: Tennessee scored more than 100 points for the first time in the Rick Barnes' era in Tuesday's win. The Vols' 103 points marked the first time they had surpassed the century mark since a 104-84 victory over Memphis on Jan. 5, 2011.

HEATING UP FROM DOWNTOWN: After a rough 3-point shooting performance in their season opener, the Vols bounced back nicely with a 8-for-19 (42 percent) effort on Tuesday night. Bowden led UT with four threes, all in the first half.

FRESHMEN TAKEOVER: Of UT's 103 points, 53 were scored by freshmen, led by Turner's 15. Turner, Bowden (14), Grant Williams (13) and John Fulkerson (four) all set career-highs in scoring on the night.

UP NEXT: The Vols hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Maui for the prestigious Maui Jim Maui Invitational. UT's opening game at the tournament is set for Monday, Nov. 21 against Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Tennessee will play three total games during the tournament with opponents for its other two games to be determined.

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