The (11) Tennessee Volunteers beat the (6) Massachusetts Minutemen, 86-67, this afternoon in the sixth game of the Round of 64 in the Midwest Region of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Coming out of the under-16 media timeout, Massachusetts Center Cady Lalanne hit a jumper to pull the Minutemen within two at 8-6. There was 15:15 left on the first half clock when that occurred. From there, the Volunteers would go on a 13-2 run to blow the game wide open. When all was said and done, Tennessee had outscored the Minutemen 33-16 from the 15:15 mark and took the 41-22 lead into the half.
Massachusetts would open up the second half with six straight points, attempting to cut into the 19 point deficit. Unfortunately, that would be all that Tennessee would volunteer as far as points. For the rest of the second half, the Volunteers would show the world their shutdown defense en route to a big win. As the game came to an end, the scoreboard showed Tennessee beating Massachusetts by a score of 86-67.
Leading the way for the Volunteers was Jarnell Stokes with 26 points. Jordan McRae scored 21 points, Josh Richardson scored 15 points, Jeronne Maymon scored 11 points, Armani Moore scored four points, and Darius Thompson and Galen Campbell and Derek Reese each scored three points to round out the scoring for Tennessee. For the Minutemen, Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho each scored 12 points to lead the way. Derrick Gordon scored 10 points, Trey Davis scored nine points, Cady Lalanne scored eight points, Sampson Carter scored six points, and Demetrius Dyson and Raphiael Putney and Seth Berger each scored two points to round out the scoring for Massachusetts.
The (11) Tennessee Volunteers will play the (14) Mercer Bears in the Round of 32 of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Sunday.