Tennessee beat North Carolina for its third NCAA win. Santiago Vescovi’s team quickly recovered from yesterday’s tough loss to Villanova.
In a match corresponding to the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament, Tennessee and North Carolina faced each other. The former came from falling to Villanova yesterday, while the latter were defeated by Purdue. Rick Barnes presented a quintet made up of Santiago Vescovi, Kennedy Chandler, Justin Powell, Olivier Nkamhoua and John Fulkerson. For their part, those led by Hubert Davis took to the field with RJ Davis, Caleb Love, Leaky Black, Armando Bacot and Dawson García.
The meeting held at the Mohegan Sun Resort in the city of Uncasville presented an extremely balanced start, in which both teams tried to capture their main offensive attributes in the rectangle. Those of Knoxville hurt on the perimeter through Kennedy Chandler and Olivier Nkamhoua, while those of Chapel Hill hurt with the pick and roll that Caleb Love and Armando Bacot carried out. Averaging the initial stage, the Vols managed to open a seven-point lead, with the figures of Justin Powell and Santiago Vescovi being important for this. Those of North Carolina had problems in defense, while on the other side they depended in excess of what Brady Manek could generate with his outside launch.
At the beginning of the second half, the orange dresses were at the forefront in the electronic in figures from 39 to 32. In the first bars of the complement it was possible to observe a procedure favorable to the Volunteers, which with a good contribution from their internal game made up by John Fulkerson and Uros Plavsic, they managed to increase the difference in the score. Those led by Hubert Davis tried to achieve a reaction in the middle of the second half, having Bacot and Love as flag bearers. However, those led by Rick Barnes remained firm and with a job at the base, the Vescovi-Chandler and Zeigler in scoring, they ended up closing the game without major problems. Finally, Tennessee was left with the victory by 89-72 and in that way it recovered from the crushing defeat it suffered yesterday at the hands of Villanova.
In the winner, the figure of the freshman Zakai Zeigler stood out, who scored 18 points and distributed 5 assists, seconded by Kennedy Chandler with 14 points and 8 assists. On the loser’s side, Brady Manek finished as the match’s top scorer with 24 points.
Uruguayan point guard Santiago Vescovi spent 31 minutes on the court, in which he contributed 17 points (3/6 triples, 3/6 doubles and 2/3 free), 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
The next commitment of our compatriot’s team will be on Friday, when he has to host Tennessee Tech at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
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