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Tennessee rips Virginia, 87-52

Published On: Dec 30 2013 09:50:20 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — -

Jordan McRae scored 21 points as Tennessee cruised to an 87-52 win against Virginia on Monday night.

Josh Richardson and Jarnell Stokes each added 20 points for the Volunteers (8-4).

Tennessee scored first and never trailed. The Cavaliers (9-4) left the hot-handed Richardson open in front of their bench, and Richardson cleanly sank a 3 that gave the Vols a 27-11 lead with 10:53 remaining in the first half and control of the game.

A Tennessee team that has been sluggish on offense in recent games couldn't miss. The Vols shot 57.7 percent from the field and 8-for-11 from 3 in the first half, including a buzzer-beating half court shot by Antonio Barton that gave them a 48-26 halftime lead.

Tennessee managed to keep Virginia off-balance on offense. The Cavs shot just 32.1 percent for the first half.

Justin Anderson led Virginia with 11 points, and Mike Tobey added 10.