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Men's Basketball


Tennessee 121, Long Beach State 86
Tennessee erupts for 121 points in NCAA Tourney romp

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Long Beach State got a first-hand
glimpse of Tennessee's explosive potential.

Chris Lofton scored 25 points as the fifth-seeded Volunteers
rolled to a 121-86 rout of the 12th-seeded 49ers in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region.

Tennessee (23-10) looked lost offensively in its 76-67 loss to
Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference tournament,
shooting just 34 percent from the floor.

But the high-flying Volunteers were a different team Friday,
racing to a 57-45 halftime lead before pouring in 64 points
after the break. It was the highest scoring output by a team in
this tournament since Nevada-Las Vegas scored 131 points in the
1990 regional final against Loyola-Marymount.

Lofton shot 9-of-13 and made four 3-pointers to pace five Vols
in double figures. JaJuan Smith and freshman Ramar Smith both
chipped in 24 points for Tennessee, which shot 59 percent
(44-of-75).

Tennessee's second-round opponent will be fourth seed Virginia,
which defeated Albany on Friday.

Kejuan Johnson scored 24 points for Long Beach State (24-8),
which made its first NCAA Tourney appearance since 1995.

  1 2 OT Total
 LONGBEACH 45 41 - 86
 TENNESSEE 57 64 - 121

   LONGBEACH Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
   Sterling Byrd 27 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 2 0 0 2 2
   Dominique Ricks 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 2
   Kejuan Johnson 35 8-16 5-8 3-3 1 4 0 2 1 1 3 24
   Kevin Houston 33 6-15 2-4 3-4 0 1 3 3 0 0 4 17
   Aaron Nixon 28 8-15 4-8 3-3 0 5 4 2 1 0 2 23
   Louis Darby 25 3-3 1-1 0-0 1 2 2 1 0 0 3 7
   Arturas Lazdauskas 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
   Artis Gant 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Mark Dawson 28 3-7 0-0 1-2 4 6 0 2 0 2 4 7
   Tim Island 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Travon Free 4 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
   Andrew Fleming 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
         Totals 200 32-65 12-21 10-14 9 26 11 13 2 3 23 86

   TENNESSEE Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
   Wayne Chism 14 4-5 1-1 1-2 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 10
   Dane Bradshaw 26 3-3 0-0 2-5 1 4 11 0 1 0 1 8
   JaJuan Smith 23 8-12 4-6 4-5 2 6 1 0 0 0 4 24
   Chris Lofton 24 9-14 4-8 3-3 0 3 2 1 4 0 3 25
   Ramar Smith 29 8-13 2-4 4-4 0 2 6 0 3 2 2 22
   Jordan Howell 20 2-6 2-5 0-0 1 2 2 0 0 0 4 6
   Tanner Wild 2 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
   Josh Tabb 22 3-5 0-1 1-1 3 5 0 2 3 0 4 7
   Ben Bosse 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Duke Crews 20 4-9 0-0 4-8 8 11 1 1 0 1 1 12
   Ryan Childress 17 1-3 0-1 2-2 0 4 0 2 0 0 1 4
         Totals 200 43-73 14-27 21-30 15 41 25 6 11 4 20 121

Officials: Earl Walton, John Higgins, Paul Janssen
Attendance: N/A

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