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NCAA Game Summary - Tennessee vs. Massachusetts



(Friday, March 21st)

Final Score: Tennessee 86, Massachusetts 67

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarnell Stokes had a career-high 26 points, Jordan McRae scored 21 and Tennessee posted an 86-67 victory over Massachusetts in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament.

Stokes tied a school tourney single-game record with 14 rebounds.

Jeronne Maymon also registered a double-double with 11 points and as many boards for the Volunteers (23-12), who rallied to beat fellow No. 11 seed Iowa in overtime in the First Four on Wednesday.

Tennessee will next face upstart Mercer in the third round on Sunday. The Bears stunned Duke, the Midwest Region's No. 3 seed, earlier Friday.

"Mercer can be a very scary team if you don't play defense well," Stokes said. "If you're a bad defensive team, Mercer will pick you apart."

Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho each scored 12 points for the sixth-seeded Minutemen (24-9), whose first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 was a brief one.

"The game didn't turn out the way we'd like, but these guys gave their heart and soul to the program," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg about the seniors.

Tennessee showed no signs of fatigue, racing out to a 21-8 lead in the first eight-plus minutes against a sluggish UMass team.

"Thought we got out the gates and played well on both ends of the floor," said Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin.

The Minutemen started 1-of-8 from the floor and wound up being held to a season-low 22 points in the opening half on 33.3 percent shooting.

A one-handed dunk in transition by McRae made it 38-18 with 2:08 remaining, and the Vols carried a 19-point lead to the break.

UMass came out strong to begin the second half, closing the gap to 46-36, but could never trim its deficit to single digits.

"We definitely felt like it was going to be a turning point. I can't even tell you what went wrong," said UMass forward Sampson Carter.

Tennessee went on a 19-6 run after the Minutemen got within 10 a second time. Stokes concluded the burst with two free throws as the lead stretched to 67-44 with 8:36 left.

Game Notes

Josh Richardson had 15 points, five assists and two blocks for the Volunteers ... Tennessee shot 53.6 percent for the game and improved to 4-0 against Massachusetts ... Derrick Gordon scored 10 points for the Minutemen.

03/21 18:35:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR
 
Final
SEA 2
TOR 8
Final
HOU 10
DET 8
Final
BAL 2
MIA 5
Final
CIN 2
CLE 5
Final
OAK 7
TAM 2
Final
ANA 1
BOS 6
Final
MIL 1
ATL 2
Final
NYM 1
PIT 9
Final
PHI 1
WAS 4
Final
MIN 8
CWS 1
Final
STL 6
KAN 1
Final
CHC 3
ARI 4
Final
SDP 11
LOS 3
Final
SFG 2
COL 11
Final
TEX 5
NYY 2
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
COL
CIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
2:10pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
2:20pm Today
WAS
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
4:15pm Today
ARI
STL
 
7:05pm Tonight
MIA
PIT
 
7:07pm Tonight
CWS
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
SEA
TAM
 
8:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
9:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
Final
ATL 111
CLE 114
9:00pm Tonight
GSW
HOU
 
Final
TAM 2
NYR 0
9:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
 
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR