Jan. 15, 2011
UT-Vanderbilt Post-Game Notes
- Tennessee played in front of its 42nd home crowd of 20,000 or larger during the Bruce Pearl era and second this season. A season-high crowd of 21,198 watched the Vols come away victorious.
- The Vols defeated Vanderbilt for the first time since a 69-50 win in Knoxville, Feb. 14, 2009. UT owns a 109-69 record all-time against Vanderbilt and has won seven of the last 11 meetings.
- UT also leads the series 67-17 when playing in Knoxville.
- The Vols led 8-6 at the second media timeout with 11:51 remaining in the first half but didn't score again until a Scotty Hopson jump shot at the 5:55 mark in part of a 24-5 run by Vanderbilt to give the Commodores a 30-13 lead.
- UT responded with seven of its season-low 20 first-half points in the final 1:32 of the first stanza.
- The Vols shot a season-best 84.6% from the charity stripe (11-of-13).
- UT forced Vanderbilt into an opponent season-high 21 turnovers. When UT's opponent commits more turnovers, the Vols are 7-2.
- UT won its first game in which the opponent shoots better. VU shot 41.2% while the Vols were 35.1% from the field.
- The Vols' bench outscored Vanderbilt's, 18-8. It marks the 10th time UT's second fleet has outdone its opponent.
- Junior guard Scotty Hopson (Hopkinsville, Ky.) scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. After a 1-for-8 shooting performance in the first 20 minutes, Hopson bounced back to shoot 7-of-12 (.583) in the second half.
- Hopson has scored 15 or more points in seven consecutive games. Over the past seven contests, Hopson has averaged 18.1 points.
- His six rebounds were his second-highest total of the season, while his 20 field goal attempts were one short of his career high (12/31/10 vs. College of Charleston).
- Hopson made zero free throws for just the second time this season. He attempted just one.
- Freshman forward Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) scored the Vols' final four points, including a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining.
- Harris has scored at least 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the last six games. In that span, Harris has averaged 14.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
- Junior guard Cameron Tatum (Lithonia, Ga.) drained two of UT's four daggers from downtown, both of which came in the final 11 minutes. Tatum's last three with 3:03 remaining gave UT its first lead since 8-6 in the first half.
- Tatum has hit multiple three's eight times this season.
- Senior point guard Melvin Goins (San Diego, Calif.) tied for a game-high with three steals. Goins has had five games in which he's notched at least three thefts.
- Two of Goins' four points came at the free throw line with 1:52 remaining to cut UT's deficit to 64-63.
- Senior center John Fields (Fayetteville, N.C.) swatted multiple shots (two) for the 10th time this season.
- Sophomore point guard Skylar McBee (Rutledge, Tenn.) finished 2-of-6 from beyond the arc after starting the game 0-of-4. McBee scored in double-figures for the second time in his career with a season-high 10 points. His career high is 12 (12/23/09 vs. North Carolina A&T).
- McBee also tied for the game lead by matching a career-high with three steals (12/23/09 vs. North Carolina A&T).
- McBee recorded a four-point play with 12:01 remaining to cut UT's deficit to single-digits.
- Senior center Brian Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Vols in rebounding for the eighth time this season, tying for the UT lead with Harris. Williams' 12 rebounds marked the fourth time this season that he's been in double-figures on the glass.
- His eight-point effort was his best outing since scoring nine vs. Southern California on Dec. 21.
- Senior forward Steven Pearl (Knoxville) recorded multiple steals for the fourth time this season in the most playing time (eight minutes) he's earned since playing 10 vs. College of Charleston (12/31/10).