TAMPA, Fla. – Tennessee captured its first SEC Tournament championship in 43 years Sunday, defeating Texas A&M, 65-50.
The Vols led wire-to-wire within the win, constructing a 14-0 lead within the opening minutes and by no means main by lower than 5 factors after that.
Freshman guard Kennedy Chandler was named SEC Tournament MVP, whereas Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi earned All-Tournament honors.
Vescovi led Tennessee on Sunday with 17 factors on 4 made 3-pointers. James contributed 16 factors and 10 rebounds for his third profession double-double, whereas Chandler had 14 factors, seven assists and 4 rebounds.
John Fulkerson scored eight factors and had a career-high-tying 12 rebounds.
After trailing by as many as 14 factors within the first half, Texas A&M used a fast spurt out of halftime to chop Tennessee’s lead down to 5 factors on the 16:10 mark on a 3-pointer from Tyrece Radford-the smallest deficit that the Aggies had confronted for the reason that opening minutes of the sport.
However, Tennessee didn’t let Texas A&M draw any closer-immediately responding with a 12-2 run to increase its lead again to fifteen factors. The final 9 of the 12 factors throughout the run got here from Vescovi, who hit two 3-pointers and sank three straight free throws from one other 3-point try that he was fouled on.
Between Vescovi, James, Chandler and Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee made six of its first seven 3-point makes an attempt of the second half.
After Vescovi’s 9 straight factors, Texas A&M drew no nearer than 11 factors.
Out of the gates on Sunday, Tennessee was red-hot, constructing a 14-0 lead by the 15:16 mark. The quick begin was aided by three made 3-pointers-one every from Chandler, James and Vescovi.
Following its gradual begin during which it missed its first eight photographs, Texas A&M steadily climbed again into the sport, responding to Tennessee’s early 14-0 lead with a 10-2 run to chop their deficit to 6 factors.
The Aggies had been unable to attract nearer than six factors within the first half, getting into halftime dealing with a 29-20 deficit.
UP NEXT: Tennessee will await Sunday night’s Selection Show to study its seeding and matchup for the NCAA Tournament. The 2022 NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
VOLS NOTCH W NUMBER 26: Sunday marked Tennessee’s twenty sixth win of the season-tied for the fourth-most wins in a single-season in program historical past. Tennessee has gained 26 or extra video games six instances in program historical past. Three of these six have come underneath the course of Rick Barnes.
VESCOVI MOVING UP SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINTERS LIST: With 4 made 3-pointers throughout Sunday’s win, Santiago Vescovi moved into seventh place on Tennessee’s all-time single-season made 3-pointers record. Vescovi has 95 made threes in 33 video games this season.
CHANDLER ASCENDING SINGLE-SEASON STEALS LIST: With one steal Sunday, Kennedy Chandler introduced his season whole to 68-moving him into sole possession of third place on Tennessee’s all-time single-season steals record.