Jan. 3, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Tennessee got its New Year off to a good start with a 74-66 road win at Massachusetts Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Scooter McFadgon led three Tennessee players in double figures with 22 points. C.J. Watson added 14 points and Brandon Crump had 10. Jemere Hendix pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points.
Tennessee improved to 8-1 on the season and picked up its first road victory. Massachusetts falls to 5-6 and lost just its second home game this season in seven games at the Mullins Center.
Gabe Lee scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Minutemen.
Tennessee continued its hot shooting from the free throw line today, connecting on 20-25 from the line, including 7-of-8 in the final 1:03.
The Vols held a double-digit lead for much of the second half. UMass cut the gap to eight points on several occasions but could get no closer in the final minutes.
Following a cold shooting first half, the Vols warmed up in the second half, connecting on 56 percent (15-of-27).
The Vols opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 35-29 advantage with 16:51 to go on the strength of back-to-back three-pointers from Watson and Winchester to go a three-point play by Hendrix.
Massachusetts took a 27-26 lead into halftime. The Minutemen limited the Vols to 25 percent shooting from the field (8-of-32). But Tennessee stayed close forcing 14 UMass first half turnovers and outscoring the Minutemen 9-2 at the free throw line.
Tennessee returns home Wednesday to open Southeastern Conference play against the Georgia Bulldogs in a 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) start. Georgia is coming off an 83-80 double overtime win earlier today over No. 3 Georgia Tech in Athens.