PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Santiago Vescovi scored 20 factors whereas No. 22 Tennessee locked down on third-ranked Kansas to beat the reigning nationwide champions 64-50 in Friday evening’s championship sport on the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Vescovi hit 5 3-pointers to drive the offense for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their very own turnover troubles and made the Jayhawks work for clear appears to be like. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee received regardless of not having main scorer Josiah-Jordan James as a consequence of knee soreness.
This win led to a title and Vescovi being picked because the event’s most respected participant.
The Jayhawks did not have a straightforward first two days within the Bahamas. First got here a battle to the ultimate minutes with North Carolina State. Then got here Thursday’s additional time win towards Wisconsin on Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s last-second putback. However they by no means regarded in any sort of offensive stream this time, ending a 17-game successful streak relationship to final yr’s run to teach Invoice Self’s second NCAA title.
The Vols held the Jayhawks to 32.1% capturing, bothering them with dimension and size across the rim. They usually confirmed the toughness to take the ball proper on the Jayhawks with 5-foot-9 sophomore guard Zakai Zeigler main the way in which.
Zeigler had 14 factors, together with a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock on the 7-minute mark to push Tennessee’s result in 56-38. He adopted with one other huge one from the best wing with 4:42 left after Kansas had closed inside 11.
Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesufu every scored 14 factors to guide the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% within the first half and by no means warmed up. They made 5 of 21 3-pointers in what was an all-around tough evening, from shedding beginning guard Dajuan Harris to fouls with 9 minutes left to failing to maintain the Vols off the glass (45-27).
The Volunteers opened the event with a win over Butler, then grinded via an additional time win towards Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals behind an enormous sport from first-year ahead Julian Phillips. However issues have been one way or the other simpler on Friday, with Tennessee taking part in in entrance all the approach en path to its first title in three tries on the Atlantis resort.
The Related Press contributed to this report.