TENNESSEE’S TURNER THWARTS VCU COMEBACK  

 

Emerald Coast Classic
Score: #17 Tennessee 72, #20 VCU 69
Location: Niceville, Fla. (Raiders Arena)
Records: Tennessee 6-1, VCU 6-2

The short story: VCU's Marcus Santos-Silva spearheaded a valiant second-half comeback, but Tennessee's Lamonte Turner buried a 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired to give the Volunteers the victory in a match-up of top-25 teams.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season
  • VCU senior guard De'Riante Jenkins added 15 points, including 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Jenkins' wing three late in the game nearly forced overtime
  • Seniors Mike'L Simms and Issac Vann added seven points each. Sophomore guard KeShawn Curry came off the bench to supply five points and six rebounds for the Black and Gold
  • John Fulkerson led the Vols with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jordan Bowden and Turner finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Jenkins drilled a fallaway trey from the right wing with 4.7 seconds left to knot the score at 69-all. Tennessee raced up court and called a timeout with 1.7 seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Vols found Turner deep in the right corner for the game-winner
  • VCU rallied back from a 13-point second-half deficit. After chipping away at the Vols for nearly 13 minutes, the Rams took a 58-56 lead on back-to-back buckets by Santos-Silva and Curry with 6:42 showing on the clock. The teams would go back and forth the rest of the night
  • Tennessee owned a 37-28 rebounding edge. The Volunteers shot .500 (15-of-30) in the first half on the way to a 37-26 lead at the break

NOTABLE

  • VCU shot .536 (15-of-28) in the second half and knocked down 3-of-4 from beyond the arc
  • The game featured nine ties and 13 lead changes
  • The Rams committed a season-low five turnovers and owned a 12-4 advantage on points off turnovers
  • Santos-Silva was named to the Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament Team for his efforts

NEXT UP
VCU will host in-state rival Old Dominion on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. That game will be broadcast on MASN, as well as CBS6 in Richmond.