KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Volunteers took their first win in the Orlando Classic, 64-47 against Santa Clara, despite all the controversy and attention surrounding the Tennessee Men’s Basketball team with the recent resignation of two staff members and the investigation of Head Coach Donnie Tyndall’s tenure at Southern Miss.
Junior Armani Moore led UT with a career high of 15 points.
In the first half, the Vols trailed Santa Clara as the Broncos shot sixty percent from the floor.
In seven minutes off the bench, freshman Jabari McGhee was able to turn the game around. McGhee had four rebounds, two steals.
At the half Santa Clara lead Tennessee, 30 to 27.
The Vols were able to gain on Santa Clara in the second half thanks to a strong defense effort by Tennessee.
Senior Josh Richardson scored sixteen points with 6:34 to play, bringing the score to 50-38.
Broncos turnovers lead to 16 extra points by the University of Tennessee, but Santa Clara was not going away quietly. Senior Kevin Punter fouled out and the Vols were up by 4 with only seconds to go.
Tennessee will play Kansas or Rhode Island Friday.