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Tennessee wins season opener over Presbyterian, 88-53

The Vols are 1-0.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was fun. The Tennessee Volunteers got off to an easy 1-0 start on the 2017-2018 season tonight, getting a win over Presbyterian. Here’s how it happened.

After allowing the first bucket of the game to Presbyterian, Tennessee went on a 28-0 run to take a commanding lead. Needless to say, they never looked back after that.

Guard Jordan Bowden was the man that spearheaded things for the Vols. He started 5-5 from the field, including going 2-2 from three point range. He had 12 points during the 28-0 run. Freshman forward Derrick Walker made his debut, scoring on his first two attempts from the field.

The rout was on.

By halftime, the Tennessee lead had swelled to 32. Tennessee led 46-14 at the break. Bowden led the way with 15 points, with Admiral Schofield adding 11.

Barnes called off the dogs in the second half, cruising to an easy win over the Blue Hose. Tennessee finished this one off 88-53.

Schofield ended up leading the way for the Vols with 22 points on the night. Grant Williams started slow, but added 14 points and seven rebounds. Both Jalen Johnson and Chris Darrington played, despite being questionable due to injuries.

Tennessee will return to Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night against High Point. That will be a 7 PM eastern tip-off.