Vols lock down on Vandy, win 58-46

Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) shoots over Vanderbilt forward Clevon Brown (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
photo Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) goes for a shot as he's fouled by Vanderbilt guard Maxwell Evans during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE - Tuesday's offensive performance may have left plenty to be desired for Tennessee.

Defensively was a step in the right direction.

It wasn't the perfect sort of bounce-back performance after Saturday's disappointing loss at now-fourth-ranked Kentucky, but the fifth-ranked Volunteers used an 11-2 second-half run to pull away from Vanderbilt and win 58-46 in front of 20,523 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols (24-2, 12-1 Southeastern Conference) play Saturday at LSU, which plays tonight at home against Florida and is a half-game back of Tennessee in the league standings with three weeks to play.

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