Vols Rally to Defeat #15 Butler


After being undoubtedly outplayed in the first half, the Tennessee Vols battled, grinded, and rallied in the second half to beat #15 Butler 67-55.  Early in the second half, the Vols found themselves down 37-25.  Josh Richardson and Kevin Punter then led the charge with a combined 30 points in the second half.

Down 12, Tennessee amped up the defensive pressure and created some offense that wasn’t there in the 1st half.  Butler held a 24-12 rebounding edge in the first half, including 10 offensive rebounds.  However, Tennessee responded in the second half, outrebound the Bulldogs 20-14.

Leading the Vols in scoring was Josh Richardson with 20 points and Kevin Punter with 18 points.  Kellen Dunham led Butler with 16 points.  The Vols improve to 4-3 on the season and will travel to Raleigh, NC on Wednesday to take on NC State.  Butler falls to 8-2 and will face Indiana next Saturday.