The No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers (15-5, 5-3 SEC) rolled into Ames, Iowa for the Big12/SEC Challenge having won five of their last six games. Riding that momentum, the Vols handed Iowa State (11-9, 2-6 Big 12) its worst non-conference loss since 2001 with a 68-45 drubbing. It was also Iowa State’s lowest scoring output at home since 1959.
Lamonte Turner had a game-high 20 points, while James Daniel III added 16 and Admiral Schofield chipped in 10. Grant Williams just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Here are three observations from UT’s dominating win.
Game of Runs
Tennessee had runs of eight or more points at three separate instances against Iowa State. Each time, a different player served as the catalyst for the scoring run.
Trailing 12-5 at just under the midway point of the first half, Tennessee went on a 10-2 run, behind Jordan Bone’s catalyst play. Bone scored two points and assisted on 3-pointers from Jordan Bowden and Daniel to give the Vols a 15-14 lead.
After Iowa State regained a two-point lead moments later, the Vols reeled off a 16-2 run, with 11 of those points coming from Daniel. Tennessee closed out the half up 31-19.
The Vols came out with guns blazing in the second half, reeling off a 13-4 run at the start of the half to blow the game wide open. Schofield keyed this run, scoring the first five points with two free throws and a 3-pointer.
Despite losing by 23, the Iowa State starters actually kept pace with the Tennessee starters. With 13 points from Donovan Jackson and nine from both Soloman Young and Lindell Wigginton, Tennessee only outscored the Cyclones’ starters 32-31. Schofield was the only Vols starter to score in double figures.
However, UT’s bench was far superior than Iowa State’s. Tennessee got 26 points and eight rebounds from its bench, with Lamonte Turner accounting for 20 points and five rebounds. Zoran Talley Jr. was the Cyclones’ most effective secondary player, scoring eight of the Cylcones’ 14 bench points with three rebounds.
Despite a few early Iowa State leads in the opening minutes, Tennessee dominated this game from the midway point of the first half until the final whistle.
The Vols owned the boards, out-rebounding Iowa State 49-31. Williams racked up 10 rebounds, his largest output since Nov. 14. The sophomore had gone 17 games without double-digit rebounds. Kyle Alexander contributed another 10 boards, while Schofield added seven and Bone, Turner, Daniel III and Bowden combined for 16 more. Cameron Lard led Iowa State with nine rebounds; no other Cyclone was within four of him.
Following the game, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said his team was soft in a lot of areas. He was presumably talking about the shooting differential between the two teams. As dominant as the Vols were on the glass, they were equally as dominant shooting.
Tennessee shot 38.7 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. Conversely, Iowa State shot 33 percent from the field, 23.5 percent from 3 and 41 percent on free throws. Tennessee outscored the Cyclones 36-12 on 3-pointers alone, shooting 12-of-30 from 3-point land, while Iowa State shot an anemic 4-of-17.