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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 72, Mississippi State 57



Jan. 19, 2013

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TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• Tennessee now leads the all-time series against Mississippi State, 76-41, including a 44-10 mark in Knoxville.
• With the win, the Vols snap a two-game home losing streak and avoided their first 0-4 start to SEC play since the 1993-94 campaign.
• The Vols also broke a two-game skid to Mississippi State with the victory.
• Second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin and first-year Bulldogs' head coach Rick Ray worked together as assistants on Matt Painter's Purdue staff for two seasons (2006-08). This is the first meeting as opposing head coaches between the former colleagues.
• Coach Martin, who picks up his first-career victory over Mississippi State, improves to 28-22 at Tennessee and 89-63 overall.
• 2012 National League RBI leader, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger honoree and former Vol Chase Headley was recognized during today's game.
• UT's new football coaching staff was also introduced on the floor during today's game.
• Today's attendance was 17,584. Tennessee entered the game ranked eighth in the nation for the 2012-13 season with an average home attendance of 16,573.

FOR STARTERS

• The Vols used the same starting lineup for the third game in a row, as guards Jordan McRae, Skylar McBee and Josh Richardson as well as forwards Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall took the floor for the opening tip.
• Richardson and Stokes are the only two Vols to start every game this season.
• UT guard Josh Richardson netted the first bucket of the game, a reverse layup after a baseline drive just 17 seconds in the contest.
• Junior guard Trae Golden and sophomore center Yemi Makanjuola were the first players subbed in for Tennessee, checking in with 15:53 remaining in the opening half.

REBOUNDING EDGE

• Led by Armani Moore (11) and Jarnell Stokes (11) on the glass, the Vols out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 37-32.
• It's the first time the Vols have had two players with 10 or more rebounds in a game this season. The last time was in last season's SEC Tournament against Ole Miss (March 9, 2012).

HELPING HAND

• Tennessee set a season high against the Bulldogs with 19 assists, eclipsing the previous season-best of 17 dimes against Oakland and Kennesaw State.
• Junior point guard Trae Golden also bested his season-high assist mark, coming off the bench to finish the game with nine helpers.
• Freshman guard Armani Moore added a career-high four assists.

FRESHMAN DUO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE SPARK

• UT's freshman duo of Derek Reese and Armani Moore combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Bulldogs.
• Coming into the contest, the duo was averaging a combined 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in SEC play.
• Moore co-led the Vols with 11 rebounds in the game and finished the opening half with eight in 13 minutes of play.
• The last UT guard with 10 or more rebounds in a game was Cameron Tatum against Pittsburgh (Dec. 3, 2011). He finished with 10 boards against the Panthers.
• It's the most rebounds by a Vols' guard since Scotty Hopson had 11 vs. VCU on Nov. 24, 2010.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR STOKES

• Sophomore Jarnell Stokes posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season. The forward also recorded double-double numbers against Ole Miss (15 pts., 11 reb.), UNC Asheville (16 pts., 11 reb.) and UMass (24 pts., 12 reb.).

SIX FOR STOKES

• After a 7-of-13 performance from the field, Jarnell Stokes improves UT to 7-0 in his career when he makes at least six field goals (5-0 this season).
• The Vols are also 3-0 in Stokes' career when he makes at least six free throws.

DOUBLE-FIGURE FELLAS

• Junior Jordan McRae was the first to reach double figures for the Vols, converting a bucket with 7:32 remaining in the opening half. It's the fifth-straight game the guard has reached double digits. McRae now has a team-leading 12 double-digit games this season and has scored 10 or more in 26 games during his career.
• Sophomore guard Josh Richardson also eclipsed the 10-point mark in the opening half, recording a layup with 2:25 remaining in the opening stanza. It's the sixth double-digit scoring performance of the season for Richardson and the eighth of his career.
Jarnell Stokes became the third Vol to score in double figures with a dunk with 12:01 remaining in the second half. Stokes has nine double-digit scoring performances on the season and 17 for his career.
• Just before the end of the game, Trae Golden converted a layup with 1:19 to go in the game to get into double-digits. It's the sixth double-digit effort of the season for Golden and the 35th of his career.

AT THE HALF

• After 20 minutes of play, the Vols led the Bulldogs, 37-29.
Josh Richardson and Jordan McRae led the Orange and White with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
• Freshman guard Armani Moore pulled down a game-leading eight rebounds at the half, doubling his career-high in just 13 minutes of play.
• The Vols dominated down low, out-rebounding Mississippi State, 20-13, and out-scoring the Bulldogs by an impressive 26-6 margin in the paint.
• Tennessee also out-shot the Bulldogs, 51.7-40.6 percent in the half.
• Under Coach Martin, the Vols improve to 21-5 in games they led at the half.

10 IN 20

Josh Richardson and Jordan McRae netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the opening 20 minutes, marking the first time this season the Vols have had two double-figure scorers in the opening half.
• For comparison, Tennessee has had six complete games with one or no double-figure scorer this season.

STARTING STRONG

• After holding Mississippi State to 29 points at the half, the Vols have now held their opponents to fewer than 30 first-half points in 25 of 50 games under head coach Cuonzo Martin.

DUNK YOU VERY MUCH

• Tennessee had three dunks on Saturday.
• For comparison, Tennessee has had six complete games with one or no double-figure scorer this season.
• 1st Half
• 9:44 - Jarnell Stokes on a one-handed flush (assist from Jordan McRae)
• 2nd Half
• 13:22 - Jordan McRae on a back door pass (assist from Trae Golden)
• 12:01 - Jarnell Stokes alone in the paint (assist from Trae Golden)
• With two dunks against MSU, Jarnell Stokes now has nine on the season.
Jordan McRae has eight slams on the season.

TAKING CHARGE

Skylar McBee drew the first and only charge of the game with 16:16 remaining in the second half.
• Tennessee, which has had 11 players draw charges this campaign, now has drawn 25 on the season.
• The Vols are now averaging 1.56 charges per game this season.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee travels to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss for the second time this season on Thursday, Jan. 24, at C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
• The Vols lead the all-time series with the Rebels, 69-40, dating to 1924.
• The Rebels won in Knoxville, 92-74, on Jan. 9 at Thompson-Boling Arena and own a two-game win streak in the series.
 

 

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