KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat Marshall, 84-74 Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Armani Moore led the Vols with a career-high 20 points, Robert Hubbs III and Kevin Punter each scored 19, while Devon Baulkman poured in 13. The 19 points marked a new career-best for Hubbs, who has scored in double figures in all three games this season. Derek Reese had a career-best 13 rebounds to lead all players on the night.
The Volunteers trailed by three at the half, 38-35, and a 13-0 run by Marshall over the first 5:01 of the second half put Tennessee in the deep hole at home. But the Vols responded with a 26-2 run of their own to erase the deficit and then some in the victory over the Thundering Herd. Punter’s jumper in the lane with 11:09 to go gave UT a lead at 54-53 that it would not relinquish.
Brett Browning and Ryan Taylor scored 18 apiece to pace Marshall.
Barnes in the Building: Tennessee last came back from a deficit of at least 16 points when the Vols rallied from 17 down against Vanderbilt (30-13) in 2011 to beat the Commodores, 67-64, on Jan. 15, 2011.
Before that, the last time Tennessee came back to win after trailing by 15 points was against a Rick Barnes-coached team. The Volunteers trailed Texas, 50-35, at the half on Dec. 23, 2006. The Vols would trail by as many as 17 in the second half, but outscored the Longhorns, 54-39, to force overtime. Tennessee prevailed in the extra period, 111-105 on the strength of 35 points from Chris Lofton.
Mostella Soars in First Start: Sophomore Detrick Mostella made his first start of the season and the second of his career. He hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to open the game and scored all seven of his points in the first half. Mostella also dished out a career-best three assists.
Solid at the Stripe: Tennessee knocked down its first 18 free throws in the game, finishing the night 25-of-30. 12 of those 18 came during the 26-2 run early in the second half that turned the game around. Punter hit his first nine attempts, Hubbs was 5-of-5 and Devon Baulkman 4-of-4.