What we learned from the Tennessee Vols' basketball season opener

File photo by Patrick Murphy-Racey / One game into his junior season at Tennessee, Yves Pons, center, has shown he has more options when it comes to shooting.

KNOXVILLE - After every Tennessee men's basketball game this season, the Times Free Press will take a second look and offer three observations on the Volunteers' performance.

The Vols opened their 2019-20 schedule Tuesday night with a 78-63 home win over UNC Asheville. Lamonte Turner led Tennessee with 17 points and was one of four Vols who scored in double figures, and Tennessee shot 53% from the field in the win while limiting the Bulldogs to 38%.

1. More ball-handlers needed: UNC Asheville employed a full-court press early in an attempt to throw off Tennessee's offensive rhythm. It could have been first-game jitters, but too many times the younger players on the roster looked for the senior guards, Turner and Jordan Bowden, instead of becoming ball-handlers themselves.