COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With a 93-76 victory at Texas A&M Saturday night, No. 1 Tennessee set the program record for consecutive wins at 16 games.
The Vols (20-1, 8-0 SEC) had one of their best offensive performances of the season Saturday, shooting a blazing-hot 65 percent from the field, including a 74 percent (31-of-42) mark on two-point field-goal attempts. Tennessee also assisted on a season-high 28 baskets in the game.
Jordan Bone had another impressive outing at the point, dropping 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor with 10 assists. He became just the third Vol ever to have three points/assists double-doubles in a season, joining Tyrone Beaman (1982-83) and Rodney Woods (1974-75).
Grant Williams also finished with a double-double, posting a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. It was his fifth of the season and marked the first game since 2013-14 that two Vols had a double-double in the same game (Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon vs. UMass [3/21/14]).
Lamonte Turner had 19 points and seven assists in the win, while Jordan Bowden dropped 16 points. Admiral Schofield ended with 14 points and shot better than 50 percent from the field for the 12th time this year.
During the final 7:24 in the game, the Vols pulled away from the Aggies (8-12, 1-7 SEC) with a 15-4 run en route to the most points allowed by Texas A&M at home this season.
Tennessee jumped out to an early 28-9 lead after hitting 12 of its first 14 shots. Texas A&M fought back though, using a 20-6 run to pull within five and forcing UT to call a timeout at the 6:51 mark.
After going down early, the Aggies began turning to the long ball and crashing the glass for momentum. Texas A&M connected on six 3-pointers in the half and had five offensive boards for nine second-chance points.
The Vols stayed composed and didn’t let the raucous crowd get to them. Tennessee shot a 67-percent clip (20-of-30) from the floor to help it take a 46-39 lead into halftime. Bone, Schofield and Williams each had 10 points in the frame.
Up next, the Big Orange return home for a three-game stand, beginning with a matchup against Missouri on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.