KNOXVILLE (AP) — JosiahJordan James and Victor Bailey scored 17 points apiece and Tennessee hit eight free throws in the final minute as the No. 9 Volunteers pulled out a 79-74 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday night. John Fulkerson scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and freshman Keon Johnson added 14 for the Vols (8-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). “(Fulkerson) needed to get the ball (in the second half),” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “We had to establish our inside-out game. We had to let everyone else play off (him).” Fulkerson scored seven of Tennessee’s first nine points of the second half. About four minutes into the final period the Vols had erased their seven-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 42. “(Early in the second half) we got momentum from what we were running,” Fulkerson said. “That play was working. We had to keep going to it until they stopped it.” Rather than try to shoot over Arkansas’ 7-foot-3 Connor Vanover, the Vols adjusted their strategy to go straight at him. Not only did Fulkerson come alive, but Vanover picked up three fouls in the first 10 minutes. “Coach Barnes does a good job with mismatches,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “Fulkerson played like we expected. They put Connor in isolations.” Jamie Notae had just five points in the first half for Arkansas (9-2, 1-2), but finished with 19.

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