Knoxville, TENN. (WATE) – Powered be a post-practice conversation, Jordan Bone’s career night powered the Vols to an 83-70 win over Samford Wednesday night.
Bone poured in a career-high 24, 16 of those coming before the break, and dished out 11 assists to lead the charge against the game Bulldogs.
Samford took a 7 point lead with 6:19 left in the first half before a Bone three and Bowden three on back to back possessions sliced into the Samford lead. Tennessee never looked back from there.
Head coach Rick Barnes said he spoke with Bone after Tuesday’s practice about “a lot of things.”
“He really wants to be a really good player,” said Barnes after the game. “I think it gets back to him understanding just how talented he is and where he’s most effective and working to those areas and I thought he did a great job of that tonight.”
“I went into this game saying I was gonna be aggressive and attack my spots,” said Bone. “That’s what we talked about yesterday after practice. It opens up a lot for myself as well as my teammates so that was my key going into the game, was being aggressive.”
Four Vols hit double-figures. Admiral Schofield added 18 points and 7 rebounds, Grant Williams finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Kyle Alexander chipped in 10 to go along with 5 rebounds.
Tennessee hosts Wake Forest Saturday at noon.