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Josh Richardson and Armani Moore score 18 apiece to lead Tennessee past Santa Clara 64-57

  • The Associated Press

     (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee guard Kevin Punter (0) shoots over Santa Clara forward Matt Hubbard (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Tennessee guard Kevin Punter (0) shoots over Santa Clara forward Matt Hubbard (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Santa Clara forward Matt Hubbard (22) and guard Denzel Johnson (20) try to stop Tennessee forward Armani Moore (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Santa Clara forward Matt Hubbard (22) and guard Denzel Johnson (20) try to stop Tennessee forward Armani Moore (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

Tennessee got 18 points apiece from Josh Richardson and Armani Moore, and took control with impressive defensive play to start the second half en route to a 64-57 win over Santa Clara Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.

Tennessee used a 14-0 run to open the second half to go up 41-30 with 11:55 left. Richardson gave the Volunteers their first lead, 32-30, since early in the game with 17 minutes remaining.

Santa Clara didn't get its first second-half points until Jared Brownridge made a layup with 10 ½ minutes to play. Kai Healey hit a 3 in the final minute to cut the deficit to 59-55, but Broncos could get no closer.

Jabari McGhee added eight points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (2-1), which faced off-court distractions this week following the resignation of an assistant coach.

Brandon Clark scored 21 points for Santa Clara (2-3).