Vols defeat Mississippi State without two starters

Vols defeat Mississippi State without two starters

No. 9 Tennessee (15-3, 5-1 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (12-6, 1-5 SEC), 70-59, on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi.

Zakai Zeigler started and scored a game-high 24 points to help the Vols to a regular season sweep against the Bulldogs. His 16 points in the second half were the most per Vol in any half this season.

Freshman forward Julian Phillips had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the contest for Tennessee.

Josiah-Jordan James totaled 13 points for the Vols.

Shakeel Moore led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

The Vols scored 10 points in nearly 15 minutes to open the game. Tennessee made 8 of 9 3-point attempts in the second half.

Starters Santiago Vescovi (injury) and Tyreke Key (illness) did not play for Tennessee at Mississippi State.

The story originally appeared on Vols Wire

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