SEATTLE, Wash - JaJuan Smith scored 18 points today as No. 11 Tennessee beat Gonzaga 82-72 in a game played in Seattle. It wasTennessee's first trip to the state of Washington.
Tennessee star Chris Lofton had a cold shooting day, but the Volunteers made up for it with their usual strong defense.
Matt Bouldin scored 21 points to lead Gonzaga, which lost for the third time in five games. The Bulldogs' record is now 9-4. Bouldin's 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining in the game cut Tennessee's 18-point lead to 76-71. But J.P. Prince made three free throws to put the Volunteers back up comfortably at 79-71.
Lofton, Tennessee's career leader in 3-point shooting, missed seven of his first eight shots - all from behind the arc - and finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. The Bulldogs' leading scorer had even more problems. Jeremy Pargo, coming off a career-high 28 points in a loss to Oklahoma, missed two 3-pointers early in the first half and didn't shoot again until deep into the second half. Pargo finished with eight points on 1-for-7 shooting.
Josh Heytvelt scored 12 points in 24 minutes for Gonzaga. It was his second game of the season following surgery that inserted pins in his ankle Nov. 12.