WATCH: Rick Barnes Talks Tennessee’s Win Over Lenoir-Rhyne

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    Tennessee basketball dominated its exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday, winning 103-62.

    Freshman point guard Kennedy Chandler controlled the game throughout, missing just two shots while scoring 21 points and dishing out six rebounds.

    Freshman power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield impressed Barnes and fans alike, scoring 15 points on seven-of-10 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds to earn a double-double.

    “He surprised me a little bit today,” Barnes said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but there’s no doubt that Brandon the last two weeks has taken a giant step. He really has. He’s taken a giant step in terms of understanding want. He’s a guy that I’ll be disappointed— we’ll be disappointed— if he doesn’t get better every day.”

    The Vols weren’t shy about shooting triples Saturday, taking 46 long balls. Barnes discussed the roster change that made it possible, his best three-point shooters and the play of Chandler and Huntley-Hatfield postgame.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.