Jan. 8, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"Vanderbilt shot the eyes out. I had a concern after watching their Alabama tape about what Vanderbilt might do offensively. On that tape, they executed the half-court offense very well, and you could see how much Vanderbilt has improved.
"Congratulations to Vanderbilt for coming in here and winning. We had a chance, but the ball just would not go in. Then, Vanderbilt would just come right down and score again. Jason Holwerda sacrifices himself for the good of everybody, but Mario Moore is the man who is taking Vanderbilt to a new level.
"We did not do a good job of finding the open man during the first half. C.J. Watson had some open looks, but they would not go down. We were unable to get the ball to Brandon Crump inside; they took that away from us during the first half. We simply have to get the ball inside.
"I am disappointed. This was just one game, however, and we have a good team (Mississippi State) coming in here Wednesday night. We need to bounce back quickly."
VANDERBILT HEAD COACH KEVIN STALLINGS:
"I thought we defended them well and were very aggressive. I liked the way we shared the ball. We were good offensively, and were good on the boards. It was a complete game. I am proud of our effort.
"The number of 3-pointers we made was impressive, but we also had a number of lay-ups. We have really good shooters, and we have to take advantage of them. It is like one guy starts making them, and then three, four, or five other guys start making them.
"I thought Shan Foster was good in the first half. Mario Moore had a great game. I do not believe he had a turnover. He took really good care of the basketball. Our starting guards had 14 assists and one turnover.
"Brandon Crump is the focus. We sent the second guy after him, and he hurt us a couple of times getting the ball back out.
"Our first four games are as difficult a stretch as anybody's in the league. We are halfway there. Our guys are very unselfish, and they share the ball without caring who gets the shots. They are fun to coach.
"I am impressed we had 31 assists in 34 baskets. I have never seen it like that. That is a good sign for us - the way we share the ball. These are good kids who play the right way. They have developed a really good chemistry.
"I am not really surprised we set the school-record while on the road. Our kids have confidence in our offense, and they know where the shots are coming from."
- The last time Tennessee started a game with a technical foul assessed prior to tipoff was Dec. 22, 1979, at Ohio State. Tennessee's Mike Stapleton dunked during warm-ups (OSU won 91-65).
- Andre Patterson recorded 10 rebounds, his second 10-plus-rebound game this season (12 vs. Wofford - Nov. 29, 2004).
- Vanderbilt set a Thompson-Boling Arena record with 18 3-pointers made. It eclipsed the previous mark of 17 set by LSU March 1, 2003. The SEC high for 3-pointers this season is 19 set by Alabama against ETSU - Dec. 1, 2004.