Was it pretty? No. But it was a win. A win fueled by a second half run and the aggressiveness of a Vols sophomore.
JOSIAH JAMES JORDAN- Call him “magic” because of his versatility or “Kenny Omega” because he’s an absolute cleaner on the court, but James was probably the most aggressive we have ever seen him in the orange and white on the offensive end. James finished with 17 points on 6-12 from the field and 2-6 from three. He also totaled 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. Keep it up Josiah aka “Magic” aka “Kenny Omega” .
SECOND HALF SURGE- The Vols used a strong second half surge to cut into what was a 7 point halftime deficit. John Fulkerson really got going in the second half offensively, he finished with 16 points on 6-11 from the field. Keep that up Fulky, just don’t scare us like you did on that dunk attempt again.
A CHANGE IN ROTATION- The Vols made a change in their starting five for the first time tonight. Starting freshman Keon Johnson, in place of Victor Bailey Jr and that seemingly panned out well, as both had good offensive outings. Keon finished with 14 points on 4-8 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. Bailey Jr put up 17 points on 5-9 from the field, 2-3 from three, and 5-6 from the free throw line. Maybe it gave Keon a boost of confidence and gave Bailey Jr. a chip on his shoulder? It’s possible.
The Vols will travel to Texas A&M for a game this Saturday. That game will tip off at 2 pm ET and will air on ESPN2.
Written by: Dallas Bowlin