Jan. 6, 2010
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "I really appreciated the support from the crowd tonight. I appreciate their energy and I appreciate their being here. The team really felt their energy. That's why after the game we went into the stands because we wanted to thank folks for coming. Our fans were terrific. I appreciate the support of my athletic director Mike Hamilton. (Tennessee basketball legend) Bernard King came out and he spoke to the team. He delivered a terrific message. He talked about family and he talked about getting knocked down, but having the courage to stand up. He wanted to be at this game for us so I appreciate him being here.
"Charlotte did not know what to expect either tonight. I think they were, in some respects, at a disadvantage. Obviously you could see at halftime they were able to make the adjustments that were necessary and then they disrupted us. I was concerned with how we would handle success or how we would handle a run they would make. I talked to the team about it ahead of time. There was a period in the second where we contributed to their run. But we got it back and we were victorious.
"I thought we had great leadership from our seniors, all of whom were in double figures (scoring). We had some really interesting stats. Wayne Chism has a career high in steals (five) and assists (six). Bobby Maze only had one turnover and (backup point guard) Josh Bone didn't have a turnover, so that's only one turnover from the point guard position. We made some really timely shots tonight. I thought it was nice to see Scotty Hopson close the game out and play with a lot more confidence. It was a good solid effort and I'm pleased with the result."
"It wasn't any surprise that Chism got the first touch. It's no surprise that that's what we were going for, and Wayne established himself as the best big man on the floor. I thought (freshman post) Kenny Hall also gave us tremendous energy when he was in there. He was strong on the inside, very difficult to keep off the offensive boards and finished well. He enjoyed being out there. It's nice to see Hall smile."
CHARLOTTE HEAD COACH BOBBY LUTZ: "We knew they were going to play with tremendous emotion. Everybody was talking about who they did not have, but we tried to focus as a coaching staff on who they did have.
"Obviously, they did not play the style we wanted because, to be honest, we love for teams to press us. Teams struggle to press us, so I think that actually helped them.
"They were just ready to play. They were physically dominant in every phase of the game in the first half, and we got too far down. But at least our guys came back, and fought and showed glimpses of what we think we can be. We have just got to be more consistent. We just want to be a top-five team in the Atlantic-10, and we think we can do that."
Post-Game Notes Vols vs. Charlotte (Jan. 6, 2010)
- Tennessee won its 35th non-conference home game under Bruce Pearl.
- The Vols also improved to 7-0 at home this season.
- The Vols outscored Charlotte in points scored in the lane 48-20.
- Charlotte did not make a field goal in the final 8:18 of the first half, and the Vols took a 51-29 halftime lead.
- Six Vols scored at least 10 points: Renaldo Woolridge (10), Wayne Chism (18), Bobby Maze (13), J.P. Prince (10), Scotty Hopson (17) and Kenny Hall (12). It was the first time since Nov. 15, 2008, that the Vols had six Vols in double figures.
- Chism scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half. He set career highs in assists (6) and steals (5).
- With three blocks, Chism moved into ninth on UT's career rebounds list with 117, surpassing Marcus Haislip's 116 from 2000-02.
- Hall tied his career high in rebounds with 5 boards.
- The Vols made 12 of 14 free throws, tying their best free-throw percentage (85.7 percent) against East Carolina. It was the third time the Vols had shot better than 80 percent this season.