NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina Asheville at Tennessee
Tue Nov 5, 2019 7:00 PM EST

MSU
62
KY
69
F
Kansas
66
Duke
68
F
Lou
87
Mia-FL
74
F
NFla
59
Fla
74
F
HolyC
71
MD
95
F
AlSt
64
Gonz
95
F
Army
54
Vill
97
F
Wagn
71
Seton
105
F
E IL
60
TxTch
85
F
SCSt
64
Mem
97
F
Fres
57
Oreg
71
F
CenAR
61
Baylor
105
F
MTSt
73
UtSt
81
F
Jacksn
57
Xav
76
F
StMar
65
Wisc
63
F(OT)
GaSo
74
Aub
83
F
StFPA
58
VACom
72
F
(N/A)
61
MidTN
119
F
ChBap
40
Lamar
86
F
HBU
72
Tuls
80
F
(N/A)
71
How
68
F
Princ
67
Duques
94
F
Cnten
57
NWSt
84
F
(N/A)
46
UMBC
134
F
Samf
86
MorSt
90
F(2OT)
SacHr
60
Prov
106
F
Furm
70
GWebb
63
F
Ersk
63
Woff
86
F
Brad
81
StJos
86
F
LongI
65
URI
76
F
Brown
73
Bry
71
F
(N/A)
55
NoKY
105
F
(N/A)
51
Longw
73
F
W&M
70
HiPt
56
F
(N/A)
77
WriSt
96
F
GrgWas
58
Tows
72
F
UNCA
63
Tenn
78
F
Yale
74
Stony
69
F(OT)
MD-ES
46
PSU
84
F
(N/A)
66
Oakl
94
F
(N/A)
29
UNH
93
F
(N/A)
83
UNCW
103
F
NCAT
50
UNCG
83
F
App
71
Mich
79
F
UMassL
64
UMass
79
F
Monm
66
Leh
62
F
W IL
65
Ind
98
F
(N/A)
27
Harv
84
F
WCU
72
UGA
91
F
Navy
55
GMas
68
F(OT)
(N/A)
81
FlAtl
92
F
Buck
68
Fairf
64
F
(N/A)
52
FaDi
101
F
Chat
68
E KY
79
F
VMI
68
ECU
80
F
Bridg
51
Del
97
F
Bingha
64
Corn
84
F
Rider
91
Copp
84
F
Campbl
75
CoCar
74
F
VaTec
67
Clem
60
F
USC-Up
55
Charl
74
F
(N/A)
62
CenMI
102
F
Hartfo
74
CenCT
59
F
(N/A)
73
BGSU
94
F
NE
72
Boston
67
F
(N/A)
43
Ball
87
F
Malon
64
Akr
81
F
(N/A)
84
Elon
90
F
(N/A)
55
Lipsco
104
F
(N/A)
71
ChaSo
99
F
PaulQ
57
SamH
95
F
Ohio
65
StBon
53
F
Amer
80
Sien
96
F
Thiel
53
YSU
101
F
(N/A)
48
TN-M
106
F
JarCh
62
PVAM
100
F
SprH
58
NOrl
114
F
ArkPB
41
SoFL
70
F
NebOm
54
WichSt
68
F
(N/A)
26
Stetsn
84
F
Toled
77
Valpa
79
F
TexSA
67
Okla
85
F
LoyMD
53
Marq
88
F
MsVl
74
IaSt
110
F
TexPA
57
SDSt
70
F
(N/A)
62
WIMil
72
F
TNTec
64
W Ky
76
F
(N/A)
50
TexAr
84
F
N CO
45
Tex
69
F
AlaAM
66
TNSt
106
F
ArkLR
67
MOSt
66
F
LoyLA
67
ULLa
95
F
FlGlf
67
StLou
89
F
(N/A)
48
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
71
SoMis
90
F
JacSt
65
SMU
74
F
OlDom
53
NrthIA
58
F
(N/A)
40
N TX
79
F
LACol
41
ULMo
64
F
FlInt
69
MisSt
77
F
Clev
50
Minn
85
F
UCDav
48
LoyIL
82
F
NDSt
54
KansSt
67
F
(N/A)
72
IL-C
75
F
Nich
70
Ill
78
F(OT)
Rice
43
Ark
91
F
Penn
81
Alab
80
F
(N/A)
60
ChiSt
103
F
Colum
63
Lafy
65
F
Drex
62
Temp
70
F
(N/A)
59
Norf
100
F
GaTec
82
NCSU
81
F(OT)
(N/A)
45
TxSt
103
F
OakCi
67
APSU
110
F
Alc
54
DeP
72
F
KennSt
55
Crei
81
F
(N/A)
55
UtVal
72
F
IdaSt
40
Wyo
54
F
(N/A)
70
UTEP
93
F
(N/A)
66
S UT
110
F
(N/A)
46
NMSt
92
F
(N/A)
82
GrCan
73
F
Denv
63
ColSt
74
F
CS-Ful
58
BYU
76
F
UCRiv
66
Nebras
47
F
(N/A)
49
UMKC
102
F
(N/A)
25
E WA
107
F
(N/A)
52
SIU-E
61
F
StFNY
59
Ford
68
F
(N/A)
64
Seatt
98
F
(N/A)
62
LoyMa
105
F
(N/A)
52
SCla
97
F
SonSt
50
USF
101
F
TXSo
42
SDSU
77
F
UCIrv
76
USD
73
F
(N/A)
36
Portl
86
F
(N/A)
47
Pacif
69
F
IPFW
71
UNLV
86
F
Everg
82
Ida
88
F
Pepp
71
Cal
87
F
(N/A)
49
Bois
126
F
JackSt
70
CBap
93
F
(N/A)
39
AbCh
90
F
NDdN
51
CSBak
103
F
Utah
79
Nev
74
F
(N/A)
69
PorSt
94
F
FlaAM
48
USC
77
F
CSNor
67
OrSt
87
F

Nov 5, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina Asheville (0-1)

28

35

63

Tennessee (1-0)

36

42

78

Vols beat UNC Asheville 78-63 for 27th straight home win
Tue Nov 5, 2019 11:06 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Yves Pons showed he's capable of offering the scoring punch he hasn't provided thus far in his career.

Pons collected a career-high 15 points with seven rebounds and three blocks Tuesday as the Volunteers opened their season by beating UNC Asheville 78-63 for their 27th consecutive home victory.

"He's a great worker," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "I could put him up there with anybody we've had since we've been in coaching. He works at it. He's going to do everything he can to do try to do it right, to a fault, to be honest with you."

Lamonte' Turner led Tennessee in scoring with 17 points, but Pons' breakthrough garnered much of the postgame attention.

The 6-foot-6 junior guard/forward from France made 13 starts last year but watched his role diminish as the season wore on. Pons scored a total of 13 points over Tennessee's final 20 games.

Pons said he took about 300 shots from 3-point range each day during the offseason while also attempting plenty of shots from closer range.

"Every day, I put the shots in - on the weekends, on my days off," Pons said. "I just never stopped."

Tennessee needs more production from Pons as the Vols attempt to replace All-America forward and first-round draft pick Grant Williams as well as second-round draft choices Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season.

UNC Asheville coach Mike Morrell marveled at Pons' athleticism Tuesday as the former VCU assistant compared him to Indianapolis Colts tight end and former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox.

Now the Vols need him to score more often.

"I put a lot of pressure on me because I have high expectations for myself, high standards," Pons said. "If I have a bad day, I'm really hard on me because I want to be great."

Pons took a big step forward Tuesday as Tennessee gradually pulled away from UNC Asheville, a Big South Conference team coming off a 4-27 season.

UNC Asheville's LJ Thorpe made a driving basket to cut Tennessee's lead to 36-30 with 19:39 left. Tennessee responded with a 15-1 spurt and never looked back.

The Vols led by as many as 25 before UNC Asheville went on a late 12-0 run.

"Obviously we had that stretch in the second half where we kind of let things get away from us, but I was proud of our effort," Morrell said. "I'm really excited about our team moving forward."

Thorpe led the Bulldogs with 22 points. North Carolina State transfer Lavar Batts Jr. had 11 points in his UNC Asheville debut.

John Fulkerson and Jordan Bowden had 10 points each for Tennessee.

BIG PICTURE

UNC Asheville: The Bulldogs discovered how much of a difference Batts can make. The former top-100 recruit played just 21 minutes before fouling out, but he was productive while on the floor. Devon Baker, who averaged a team-high 16.1 points last season, shot 2 of 10 and scored just seven points.

Tennessee: The Vols need big seasons from Turner and Bowden, their two senior guards. Although they provided plenty of points Tuesday, they also combined for 10 of Tennessee's 17 turnovers. Barnes criticized their shot selection Tuesday and said the senior guards need to work on getting the ball to Tennessee's big guys more often.

STREAK STATUS

At least for the moment, Tennessee has the longest active home winning streak of any Division I team. Buffalo will seek its 27th straight home win when it opens the season Friday against Dartmouth.

UP NEXT

UNC Asheville is at The Citadel on Saturday.

Tennessee hosts Murray State on Tuesday.

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Leaders

North Carolina Asheville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Peck 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. Jones 0 0 1 2 0 1
Tennessee PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Z. Kent 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Turner 17 0 6 2 2 0

Team Comparison

UNCA Tenn
Points For 63 78
Field Goals 24/64-38% 33/65-51%
Three Pointers 5/20-25% 6/17-35%
Free Throws 10/14-71% 6/12-50%
Offensive Rebounds 11 17
Defensive Rebounds 18 32
Rebounds 32 54
Blocks 3 7
Steals 13 5
Turnovers 14 17
Personal Fouls 18 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Tenn Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 5 UNCA 63 @ Tenn 78 J. Levitch 2 J. James 2

Game Information

Stadium: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Attendance: 19,273
Game Time: