COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16 (UPI) -- Tennessee's Chris Lofton led a potent attack as the Volunteers rolled Friday to a 121-86 first-round NCAA Tournament victory over the Long Beach State 49ers.
The 121 points marked the highest first-round score since UNLV put up 121 in 1977. It also allowed the fifth-seeded Volunteers (23-10) to move into a second-round South Region match Sunday with fourth-seeded Virginia.
Long Beach State ended its season at 24-8.
The game was billed as a shootout as each school was among the top 11 scoring teams in the country. Tennessee used a 10-0 run, with seven points coming from Lofton, to built a 26-10 lead seven minutes into the game. The Volunteers piled up 57 points and led by 12 by halftime.
Tennessee scored 16 of the first 18 points of the second half for a 73-47 lead. The lead went to 90-62 midway through the second half.
Kejuan Johnson scored 24 points and Aaron Nixon had 23 for the 49ers.