Vols Win Ugly Defensive Game 56-53 Over Mississippi State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Yves Pons scored 13 points and No. 18 Tennessee overcame a miserable shooting night to win 56-53 over Mississippi State. Pons was a critical force in the first half for the Vols. In the final 2:30 of the game, it was freshman Keon Johnson who scored four of his eight points, while taking an important charging foul, to seal the victory for Tennessee (11-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference). Tennessee ended a two-game win streak. While the Vols shot 37% from the field, the Bulldogs (9-8, 4-5) managed just 33%. Mississippi State was led by Iverson Molinar with 16 points and D.J. Stewart with 11. Abdul Ado had 12 rebounds and Quinten Post pulled down 10 as the Bulldogs dominated the boards, 42-30.

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