National Basketball Association
Tennessee 87, UL Lafayette 65
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 9, 2018
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
# Anthony Jordan, # Owen Short, # Wil Howard
Grant Williams scored 31 points as No. 6 Tennessee rolled to an 87-65 non-conference victory against visiting Louisiana on Friday night in Knoxville, Tenn.
Williams made 11-of-15 field-goal attempts to lead a balanced Volunteers attack, as all five starters scored in double figures and the team improved to 2-0. Admiral Schofield added 15 points, and Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowden and Kyle Alexander scored 10 each.
JaKeenan Gant led the Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) with 18 points, and Marcus Stroman had 11. Justin Miller came off the bench to score 10.
The Volunteers led 48-31 at halftime, but the Cajuns started chipping away early in the second half.
Malik Marquetti made back-to-back 3-pointers, and Gants scored five straight points as Louisiana crept within 61-48 midway through the second half.
Williams made a 3-pointer and a layup, and Bowden added a 3-pointer as Tennessee bounced back to increase the lead to 73-52. The Volunteers maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way as they continued to outshoot the Cajuns.
Tennessee shot 54.0 percent from the field and Louisiana shot 39.7 percent. Tennessee made 9 of 21 3-pointers and Louisiana made 8 of 25.
Bone and Williams each made a 3-pointer as Tennessee got off to a fast start, opening a 19-13 lead.
Williams made a jumper and a 3-pointer, and Bowden converted a four-point play as the Volunteers increased the lead to 41-22.
Louisiana scored the final four points of the half as Miller made a layup, and Trajan Wesley hit a pair of free throws.
But the disparity in shooting continued in the second half as the Volunteers prevailed without being seriously threatened.
-Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Jakeenan Gant 18
Grant Williams 31
Marcus Stroman 9
Jordan Bone 8
Malik Marquetti 9
Grant Williams 10
Justin Miller 2
||Free Throws Made
Grant Williams 6
Jakeenan Gant 3
Grant Williams 2
Jakeenan Gant 1
Kyle Alexander 3
Team Stats Summary