No. 22 Tennessee dominates second half to defeat Butler

Santiago Vescovi had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists to help No. 22 Tennessee pull away in the second half for a 71-45 victory over Butler in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.Vescovi and Julian Phillips, who had 11 points and six rebounds, highlighted a balanced effort on the scoresheet for the Volunteers (3-1), who advance to play USC in the tournament semifinals on Thursday afternoon.Butler (3-2) will take on BYU in the consolation bracket on Thursday night.Tennessee spread the ball around well and finished with five players scoring nine or more points and seven players scoring six or more. Zakai Zeigler had 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. The Volunteers totaled 16 assists despite turning the ball over 16 times.Butler wasn’t nearly as careful with the ball as it committed 23 turnovers, which allowed the Volunteers to take control after halftime.Zeigler and Vescovi each turned up the intensity on the defensive end in the second half and finished with three steals each. Tennessee scored 18 points off those turnovers and outscored Butler 36-14 in the paint.