Jan. 12, 2011
The overtime contest was UT's first this season and first since defeating Ole Miss, 71-69, on Jan. 16, 2010, the Vols lone extra-period contest last season.
The Vols dropped their second straight decision vs. Florida after defeating the Ga¬tors six consecutive times. Tonight marks UF's first win in Knoxville since an 84-73 triumph, Feb. 12, 2005.
The Vols hold a 69-50 record all-time vs. UF, including a 41-16 mark in Knoxville.
16 of the past 22 meetings between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.
The first half was one of runs. UF used a 10-1 run to open up a 19-15 lead before a Cameron Tatum three-pointer spurted a 14-2 run by the Vols. UF's Chandler Parsons scored the next seven points as the Gators scored 11 unanswered. A dunk by UT's John Fields with :24 remaining in the first 20 minutes ended a scoring drought of 5:22.
The Vols' 75 points made them just the fourth team to reach 70 points against the Gators this season. UF had held its opponents to 60.1 points per game.
UT became just the third UF opponent to not get out-rebounded by the Gators. UT and UF had 35 rebounds each.
Tatum Turns It Up
Junior guard Cameron Tatum (Lithonia, Ga.) produced a season-high 21 points, falling just one point short of his career high of 22 (vs. Gonzaga, 1/22/09). Tatum led UT for the first time in scoring this season and second time of his career.
Tatum's 21 points came on a season-high seven field goals, including a trio of three-pointers, which tied a season best.
Tobias Double-Doubles Again
Freshman forward Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) registered his third consecutive double-double and fourth in his past five games. He has a team-high five this season.
Harris is the first Vol to record double-figures in rebounds in three consecutive con¬tests since Wayne Chism did so, Dec. 16-29, 2008. Harris' 36 minutes were a career high.
Can't Stop Hop(son)
Junior guard Scotty Hopson (Hopkinsville, Ky.) scored 20 points, reaching the fig¬ure for the third time this season. Hopson now ranks 42nd on UT's career scoring list with 1,026 points.
Hopson scored UT's first seven points of the second half and tied a season-high with a pair of steals. Hopson has averaged 15.9 points per game over the last seven.
Fields' First Start
Senior forward John Fields (Fayetteville, N.C.) started his first game as a Vol and contibuted six points and six rebounds. Fields recorded his 23rd block of the season, which leads the Vols. Goins Dishes
Senior point guard Melvin Goins (San Diego, Calif.) matched a career-high set earlier this season (12/14/10 vs. Oakland) with a game-high six assists. Goins has dished out at least five assists five times.
The Sixth Man
Williams Leads Bench
Senior center Brian Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) led UT's bench in points (6), rebounds (7) and assists (3). The big man dished out at least three assists for the second time this season.
Williams fouled out for the third time this season.
Freshman point guard Trae Golden (Powder Springs, Ga.) registered a career-high three steals.