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Vols extend winning streak to four

By John Zenor

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. — Admiral Schofield scored 18 points and Grant Williams added 17 to help Tennessee win its fourth straight game with an 87-77 victory Tuesday night over Auburn.

The Volunteers (13-9, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) continued their recent surge with a dominating first half, and the Tigers (14-8, 3-6) never mustered much of a threat until the final minutes.

Schofield grabbed seven rebounds for Tennessee, which came in ranked 41st in the RPI and is making a late surge into NCAA Tournament contention. Williams continued his recent strong play despite playing only 18 minutes before fouling out. He has scored 64 points in the last four games.

 Jordan Bowden added 15 points. Robert Hubbs III had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists despite making just two of his 12 shots.

Jared Harper led Auburn with 21 points, making 5 of 7 3-pointers. He had 18 by halftime when Tennessee led 46-30 and the rest of the Tigers were 3-of-19 shooting collectively.

Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points and Mustapha Heron had 12 on 3-of-12 shooting.

Auburn pulled to within 11 points with four minutes left but couldn’t bring it to single digits until the final minute.

Williams scored 15 points in the first half but picked up his fourth foul only 15 seconds after re-entering the game with 8:12 left.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee has won 11 of the last 12 meetings and three straight. …The Volunteers have won four times in opponents’ home court, up from one last season. …Tennessee made its first 12 free throws and 22 of 27 overall.

Auburn made just 25 of 66 shots (37.9 percent). Freshman Austin Wiley had five points, seven rebounds and seven turnovers. He was coming off a 25-point performance against TCU.

UP NEXT

Tennessee remains on the road to face Mississippi State on Saturday.

Auburn visits rival Alabama on Saturday night after winning the previous meeting 84-64