Jan. 12, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS
3; The Vols are playing three games in eight days, all against Top 20 teams: then-No. 13 Florida last Saturday, No. 20 MSU tonight and vs. No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday.
4: Trae Golden scored 20-plus points for the fourth time this season.
9: Jeronne Maymon scored in double-figures for the ninth time this season with 13.
25: Kenny Hall has 25 points in his last two games, both in his new role coming off the bench.
60: Trae Golden is shooting 60 percent over the last four games (30-of-50).
GOLDEN FOR 20
- Trae Golden scored in double-figures for the 13th time in 16 games this season and his career with 20 points. It was also his sixth game in a row in double-figures. That comes on the heels of his only three games not in double-figures all season. He began the year with seven games in a row with 10 or more.
- Golden shot 7-of-11 from the floor and is now 30-of-50 over the last four games for 60 percent from the floor.
- Golden scored 20 or more for the fourth time this season and of his career.
MORE MAYMON SCORING
- Jeronne Maymon returned to the double-figure column for the second game in a row after four games in a row with less than 10, as he netted 13.
- It was Maymon's ninth game this season in double-figures and 10th of his career.
HALL SCORING OFF BENCH
- In his new role coming of the bench, Kenny Hall scored in double-figures for the second game in a row with 12. He scored 13 points in his first game of the season as a reserve last Saturday vs. Florida.
- This was Hall's sixth game this season in double-figures and 11th in his career.
- Yemi Makanjuola led the Vols in rebounding for the third time this season with six. He also led against Chaminade and The Citadel (career-high 11). Against MSU, he had six boards in just eight minutes.
CALL ON THE BENCH
- Tennessee outscored Mississippi State 20-10 in bench scoring led by Hall, who had 12 points. The Vols have really been dominant off the bench of late. UT has outscored its foes in bench scoring in four of the last five games.
- The Vols outscored Florida in bench scoring, 25-1, a +24 margin, last Saturday. Against The Citadel, Tennessee outscored the Bulldogs, 50-12 and followed that up with a 24-4 mark vs. Chattanooga.
- Renaldo Woolridge drew his first charge of the season and first of his career in the game. That gave the Vols 30 charges taken for the season.
SUMMING UP THE SERIES
- Despite the loss, Tennessee leads the all-time series with Mississippi State, 75-41.
- With the win, the Bulldogs broke the series open in their favor in Starkville, now defending their home court with a 27-26 advantage against the Vols.
- Mississippi State's victory marks the first winning streak in the series since UT won five straight between Jan. 12, 2005-Feb. 25, 2009. It marked the first time the Bulldogs have won consecutive games over UT since beating the Vols twice in 1999 (Feb. 6 & Mar. 5).
- The Vols are now 4-7 against MSU when the Bulldogs are ranked.
- The Vols started their "new" line-up for the second game in a row after not changing starters for the first 14 games of the season. Guard Josh Richardson started along with forward Renaldo Woolridge as well as 16-game starters: guard Trae Golden, guard Cameron Tatum and forward Jeronne Maymon.
- The Vols home to host No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday at 12 p.m. The game will air on ESPN and can be heard on the Vol Network. That will finish a run of three games in eight games, all against Top-20 ranked teams.