KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A late first-half surge capped by back-to-back baskets from Robert Hubbs III propelled Tennessee to a 95-80 victory over Army West Point Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Armani Moore scored a career-high 29 points in the victory, while Kevin Punter Jr. poured in 26 and Hubbs finished with 14, the fifth time in as many games this season that UT has had at least three players score in double figures. Derek Reese pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and hit the 3-pointer head coach Rick Barnes promised he could take for reaching a rebounding milestone.
The Volunteers trailed for much of the opening half before baskets from Derek Reese, Punter and Hubbs put the Vols up by three with 49 seconds left. Hubbs answered an Army basket the next trip down the floor with a 3-pointer that rattled home just before the buzzer. In all, Tennessee finished the half on a 9-2 run over the final 2:43.
Tennessee would carry the momentum into the second half, building a lead that would reach as many as 18 points en route to the victory.
Tanner Plomb led the Black Knights with 24 points, Kyle Wilson scored 21.
Armani Continues Hot Start: Moore knew entering the season that he would be relied on for offensive production in Barnes’ offense and he has responded in a big way. The senior has scored in double figures in every game this season and has established career highs twice in the process, scoring 20 against Marshall and shattering that with his 29 points to led all scorers on the night. Moore continued to show his improvement from beyond the arc, hitting 3-of-4 from 3-point range on the night. He is now 6-of-12 (.500) on the year from long range.
Lighting Up The Scoreboard: The 95 points scored against Army were the most by the Volunteers in regulation since defeating Memphis, 104-84, on Jan 4. 2011. Tennessee has now scored 80+ points in four of its five games this season after failing to crack 80 once last year, the 2014-15 season high of 78 coming against LSU.
The Vols shot over 52 percent for the third time this season. Their 52.9 percent from the field was the best so far this season. Tennessee’s 55 second-half points represented the most it has scored in a half this season, besting the 49 in the second half of the win over Marshall.
November Magic: The Vols extended their November home win streak to 58 games, a run that began in 1996. Tennessee is now 4-0 at home in 2015.