No. 22 Tennessee defeats No. 3 Kansas, 64-50 at Battle 4 Atlantis

Tennessee Volunteers beat Kansas Jayhawks in Battle 4 Atlantis 2022
Tennessee Volunteers beat Kansas Jayhawks in Battle 4 Atlantis 2022

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — — Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points and had six rebounds to help No. 22 Tennessee take down No. 3 Kansas 64-50 in the 2022 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis championship game at the Imperial Arena here in Nassau, Bahamas on Friday (25).

Vescovi made five 3-pointers in a very strong offense performance for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, 45-27, incliding grabbing 30 rebounds at the defensive side of the court en rout to snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.

“We know if you can’t stop the man in front of you, then you’ll have no shot at winning the game,” Vols’ Zakai Zeigler said: “We just like to play defense, and we just happen to be good at it.”

Zeigler scored 11 of his 14 total points in the second half , while Tyreke Key added 10 points in the win for Tennessee to win its fourth in a row since losing to Colorado, despite playing without the team’s leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James who was out with knee soreness.

Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% in the first half and ended the game shooting just 32% overall.

“I feel like if we were able to get them out of place and not just have them standing there, waiting to contest a layup, that could’ve gave us some better chances at finishing at the rim,” Wilson said.

Kansas head coach Bill Self added, “We played a team tonight that was older and more mature and obviously played stronger and tougher. “We didn’t handle the situation near as well as what I would hope a poised team would.”

Kansas was held to just 9 of 25 from the field in the second half.

“You can be a good defensive team but if you can’t be a great one if you give them second and third shots,” Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said.

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MARK SMITH | CARIBBEAN CONTRIBUTOR

Sports is just pure awesomeness. That's Mark's favourite saying and he does enjoy covering various sporting events in the Caribbean. Mark has been covering Caribbean related events since the mid 2000s.

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