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No. 17 Tennessee rolls past George Mason to end 3-game skid

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jonas Aidoo scored a career-high 17 points and No. 17 Tennessee rediscovered its defense in an 87-66 victory over George Mason on Tuesday night.

Josiah-Jordan James added 15 points, Tobe Awaka added 11 and Dalton Knecht had 10 as the Vols (5-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Last week, Tennessee yielded 61 first-half points in a 100-92 loss to North Carolina. But the Vols held George Mason to 36% shooting in the first half to take a 39-26 lead.

Darius Maddox scored 15 points for the Patriots (7-2), whose four-game winning streak ended. Woody Newton added 13 points and Baraka OkoJie scored 11.

Aidoo scored eight of Tennessee’s first 13 points of the second half as the Vols extended their advantage to 22 points.

The Vols had a season-best 27 assists, led by Zakai Zeigler and James with six each.


George Mason: The Patriots have three players (Keyshawn Hall, Amari Kelly and Maddox) averaging in double figures. But they need to get everybody involved in the offense. It’s a safe bet they aren’t going to see any other ranked teams on their schedule.

Tennessee: Coach Rick Barnes wasn't pleased with the Vols' defensive breakdowns in the first half against North Carolina. Odds are nothing like that will happen on his watch again. ... Barnes' first head coaching job was at George Mason in 1987-88 after he worked as an assistant there from 1980-85.


George Mason: After a break for exams, the Patriots host Loyola (Maryland) on Dec. 16.

Tennessee: The Vols will play their fourth ranked team and second Big Ten opponent Saturday, when they host No. 20 Illinois.


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