Alabama defeated Florida State here Saturday night. Both teams will be debuting new starting quarterbacks after the departure of multiyear starters Joshua Dobbs and Justin Thomasand both teams hope to use this big-time spot as an opportunity to kick-start a potential division title run in their respective conferences. Viewing information Date: Monday, Sept.
Kyle Alexander's 3-pointer, solid defense spark UT Vols basketball to win vs. He listened — sitting with his parents — while UT coach Rick Barnes praised the improved 3-point shooting of junior forward Grant Williams.
Then he offered a comment about Alexander: The 6-foot center can shoot 3-pointers, too. Alexander proved that to be true on Tuesday against Georgia Tech when Tennessee sorely needed a big shot to pair with a suffocating defensive performance.
The big Canadian scanned the court for a pass from the top of the key.
It was pure, ending a long field-goal drought for a Tennessee team locked-in defensively in a win against the Yellow Jackets. Alexander scored six points in the second half, including his 3-pointer that ended a stretch without a Tennessee field goal.
But while the Tennessee offense was sluggish Tuesday, the defense was not. The Vols limited Georgia Tech to But a big slump ensued, leaving the onus on the defense that was present throughout for UT.
John Fulkerson provided an initial spark to push Tennessee when it needed an extra boost. The sophomore forward swatted a Georgia Tech shot, then pulled down an offensive rebound on the other end. He came back with a second, bigger block moments later and the Kingsport native tumbled hard to the ground as his teammates raced down the court.
Alexander was fouled on the other end, starting a string of three straight free throws for the senior. He practices a lot, especially right there. Over the summer, we had to make hundreds each day. Tennessee held a double-digit lead until the Yellow Jackets got within eight with less than two minutes to play.
Tennessee opened well in the foul-riddled affair — 49, to be exact.
The Vols jumped out to a lead with left in the half when Jordan Bowden and Jalen Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers. But the Vols slumped for the remainder of the first half.
Georgia Tech cut the lead to five with to play before halftime. The Vols upped the lead to at halftime. Tennessee had eight turnovers and six assists in the first 20 minutes, but the defense was ready to make up for the offensive struggles throughout.