Jan. 9, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee now leads the all-time series agaist Ole Miss by a 69-40 margin, including a 39-11 mark at home.
The Vols' 11-game home winning streak against the Rebels was snapped tonight. It marks Ole Miss' first win in Knoxville since Feb. 27, 1991, which is the Rebels' only other win at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee concludes its six-game homestand with a 4-2 record and is now 22-6 at home under second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.
The Vols have now won 11 of their last 14 SEC openers. Last season, UT upset 13th-ranked Florida to open its league slate.
In league play, the Big Orange is the SEC's second-winningest basketball program over the last seven seasons. UT's 75 SEC regular season wins during that span are second only to Kentucky (78).
William B. Stokely III and the Stokely family were recognized at halftime in honor of the closing of UT's Stokely Athletics Center.
Tonight's attendance was 17,059
FOR STARTERS The Vols used their third different starting lineup of the season as guard Jordan McRae got his second nod of the campaign. Joining McRae in the starting five were guards Trae Golden and Josh Richardson and forwards Kenny Hall and Jarnell Stokes.
Josh Richardson netted the first bucket of the game, a jumper just 31 seconds in the action.
Senior guard Skylar McBee and sophomore center Yemi Makanjuola were the first players subbed in for Tennessee, checking in with 16:29 remaining in the opening half.
A LOOK AT THE HOMESTAND Tennessee posted a 4-2 record during its six-game homestand which started with a 69-60 victory over then-No. 23 Wichita State on Dec. 13.
During the stretch, Jordan McRae led the Vols with an average of 17.2 points per game. Guards Trae Golden and Josh Richardson averaged 11.2 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Golden also added a team-leading 4.0 assists per game.
Jarnell Stokes led the way on the glass, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. He added 11.33 points per contest during the homestand.
ANOTHER CAREER NIGHT FOR McRAE Guard Jordan McRae scored 19 points in the second half against Ole Miss en route to his team-high and career-high-tying 26-point output.
It's the second-straight game the junior netted 26 points, after posting 21 second-half points against Memphis (1/4) last week.
McRae now has four-career 20-point performances.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR STOKES Sophomore Jarnell Stokes posted 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Rebels to record his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his young career.
The forward also recorded double-double numbers against UNC Ashville (16 pts., 11 reb.) and UMass (24 pts., 12 reb.).
DOUBLE-FIGURE FELLAS Sophomore Jarnell Stokes hit the double-figure mark with a putback jumper with 50 seconds left in the opening half. Stokes finished the opening frame with a team-leading 10 points and seven rebounds.
Stokes has now reached double figures in eight games this campaign, equaling his season total from 2011-12. Stokes recorded his eighth double-digit scoring performance in his 17th game last season.
Junior guard Jordan McRae reached double-digits in the scoring column with a free throw at 13:34 remaining in the second half. He finished the game with a career-high-tying 26 points. It's his eighth double-digit effort of the season and 22nd of his career.
REBELS FROM THE LINE Ole Miss' 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records.
Both the free throws made (38) and free throws attempted (44) eclipsed the previous TBA opponent records of 28 free throws made by both Kentucky (1/8/03) and Florida (2/18/01) as well as the 40 free throws attempted by Vanderbilt (2/24/96).
TAKING CHARGE The Vols entered the game against Ole Miss averaging 1.67 charges per contest this season and drew one against the Rebels.
Yemi Makanjuola put up his team-leading seventh of the season and 14th of his career with 8:12 remaining in regulation.
Tennessee has now drawn 21 charges this season.
UP NEXT Tennessee hits the road for the first time since Dec. 5 for its first road league matchup of the season when it travels to Alabama at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The Vols trail the all-time series with the Crimson Tide, 74-65, dating back to 1914.