By AL LESAR
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olivier Nkamhoua scored a career-high 23 points and Kennedy Chandler added 16 as No. 18 Tennessee beat East Tennessee State 94-62 on Sunday.
Nkamhoua, a 6-foot-8 junior, shot 9 for 14 and also had eight rebounds for the Volunteers (2-0).
Chandler, a freshman who has been impressive since the first day of the season, scored all of his points in the first half as Tennessee took a 46-23 lead. He added six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
John Fulkerson, in his first action of the season, had 10 rebounds to go with six points. Justin Powell had 11 points.
Jordan King scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Buccaneers (0-2). David Sloan added 12 points and Ledarrius Brewer had 11.
East Tennessee State: The Bucs haven’t beaten a ranked team since March 20, 1992, when they topped No. 10 Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Tennessee: Getting Fulkerson back on the floor was a big step in the right direction for the Vols. The senior big man missed the team’s exhibition and season opener with a broken left thumb. The challenge is to get him into basketball shape in time for next weekend’s showdowns.
East Tennessee Syate: After opening the season with two road losses (Appalachian State and Tennessee), the Bucs will play their home opener Thursday night against USC Upstate.
Tennessee: A week off will be followed by a trip to the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, for the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Saturday, Tennessee will take on No. 4 Villanova. Then, depending on Saturday’s results, Tennessee will meet either No. 7 Purdue or No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday.
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