James Daniel III, Lamonte Turner step up for Vols basketball towards Kentucky

Tennessee teach Rick Barnes recaps the Vols' win against Kentucky Mike Wilson/information Sentinel

Tennessee take care of Lamonte Turner (1) drives the ball past Kentucky shield Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) all the way through a game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Thompson-Boling arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, January 6, 2018.(picture: Calvin Mattheis/news Sentinel)

an almost damaged play grew to become right into a online game-altering moment Saturday for the Vols when senior shelter James Daniel III threw a daring transition pass.

Junior core Kyle Alexander gathered the ball as he very nearly went out of bounds, tossing it back to Admiral Schofield. Daniel III at once drifted faraway from Schofield, called for the ball close midcourt and threw a sharp circulate to the nook in entrance of the Vols bench to Lamonte Turner.

Turner flippantly amassed the pass, knocked down the game-tying three-pointer and the Vols – commanded via Daniel III and Turner – have been off to a dominant second half to beat Kentucky.

“I adored it – I loved staring at him and Lamonte,” Alexander referred to. “They have been so poised. There had been every other games the place we've had some late turnovers and stuff. but today they had been strong down the stretch. It turned into basically fun to observe us slowly cozy the win.”

Tennessee sophomore supply Williams recaps the Vols' win in opposition t Kentucky Mike Wilson/information Sentinel

Daniel III and Turner clocked sixteen and 17 minutes, respectively, in the 2nd half of No. 22 Tennessee’s seventy six-sixty five win towards No. 14 Kentucky. They mixed for 11 assists – eight within the second half – and best two turnovers, providing a spark and indispensable play for UT (10-four, 1-2 SEC).

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The backup safeguard duo did it in location of average starters Jordan Bone, who changed into struggling with the flu this week, and Jordan Bowden, who became having a chilly capturing evening. Bone performed handiest 9 minutes, while Bowden matched his season low with simplest 21 minutes.

nevertheless it became no issue for the Vols, whose depth coach Rick Barnes has adored on the grounds that the preseason, as Saturday noticed Daniel III and Turner make the plays with Bone and Bowden invariably cheering and celebrating from the bench.

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Daniel III checked in with sixteen:05 to play Saturday, taking the spot of the a little slumping Bowden. He didn’t leave the flooring the leisure of the video game, taking part in turnover-free basketball as the Vols came again to beat the Wildcats.

He made a spotlight-reel move with 6:53 to play and the shot clock winding down when he placed an ideal pass to grant Williams for an open alley-oop. Daniel III grew to become towards the bench in celebration and the Vols led through eleven for the primary time.

“It’s not a shocker to us as a result of we recognize what he can do,” Schofield said. “That’s why he’s right here. That’s why he was recruited here. He turned into huge-time for us. That’s what we want each night -- even off the bench. I’m relatively sure this is a self belief booster for him. I’m pleased with him and i’m chuffed for him. we're going to want that invariably and that i believe he’s going to deliver it.”

Tennessee shield James Daniel III (3) calls right through a video game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Thompson-Boling enviornment in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, January 6, 2018. (photo: Calvin Mattheis/news Sentinel)

Barnes praised Turner for a way he “really set a great tone,” including how he got here to apply Friday when Bone was out for a second straight day.

against Kentucky, Turner gave the Vols a 42-forty one lead along with his first three-pointer. Then his 2nd 3-pointer tied the video game, kicking off a ten-0 run with which Tennessee would benefit control. He assisted Daniel III’s lone basket when he pump faked, stepped under a defender and flicked a pass to his correct for a large-open Daniel III 3-pointer and a 54-forty seven Tennessee lead.

He played the ultimate 7:39 of the online game, operating the buzzing Tennessee offense alongside Daniel III down the domestic stretch to a tremendous win for the Vols.

“both of these guys have made big plays for us at some aspect and time this 12 months and they truly carried us tonight,” Barnes noted.

 

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