Jan. 24, 2012
(9-11, 1-4 SEC)
(15-5, 5-1 SEC)
Jeronne Maymon scored UT's first six points and led the Vols with 15 total.
Head coach Cuonzo Martin wore the legendary orange blazer for the first time. The blazer was debuted by Ray Mears.
Yemi Makanjuola scored his first points in eight games with seven. The last times he scored was when he tallied a career-high 18 vs. The Citadel (12/29/11).
The Vols made just 1-of-10 3-point shots, a Josh Richardson trey late in the game.
Jarnell Stokes had 10 rebounds, his second game in a row with 10 or more rebounds after grabbing 12 vs. UConn.
Jeronne Maymon scored in double-figures for the 12th time this season. He was UT's lone player with 10 or more points.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - -- The Vols suffered a 65-47 defeat at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. Jeronne Maymon led Tennessee with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jeffery Taylor topped the Commodores (15-5, 5-1 SEC) with 23 points and nine rebounds. John Jenkins added 16 points.
Tennessee (9-11, 1-4) was coming off a huge win over defending NCAA Champion UConn last Saturday in Knoxville, but couldn't carry the winning ways to the road where the Vols are now 0-6 on the season. Cuonzo Martin even debuted his version of the legendary orange blazer at the game, but it couldn't stir up the magic for Tennessee.
Vanderbilt scored the game's first nine points and never looked back as the Vols battled but couldn't cut the deficit below double-figures after the game's first nine minutes. Turnovers were debilitating for Tennessee as Vanderbilt converted 25 Vol miscues into 30 points. Tennessee had 10 turnovers in the game's first 10 minutes. The Vols shot just 35.3 from the floor and didn't make a 3-pointer on Josh Richardson canned one with 6:34 left in the game, finishing 1-of-10 from trifecta land.
Conversely, Vanderbilt shot 42.6 from the floor and made 44.4 percent from 3-point land (8-of-18).
Jarnell Stokes started for the second game in a row and had six points and 10 rebounds. Yemi Makanjuola had his second-best scoring game with seven points before being ejected for a flagrant foul late in the game.
During the second half, Vanderbilt led by as many as 27 points as they doubled the Vols at 54-27 on a fastbreak 3-pointer by Jenkins with 10:57 left in the game. That margin was the largest margin Tennessee trailed by all season.
Vanderbilt led 40-21 at halftime thanks to 49-percent shooting from the floor and holding the Vols to just 29.2 percent. It was Tennessee's largest halftime deficit of the season.
Down by 20, the Vols went on a mini 6-0 run to get back into the game at 30-16 on a dunk by Trae Golden with 4:37 left in the first half. But Vanderbilt retaliated with an 8-0 spurt to take a 22-point advantage at 38-16 with 1:32 left on a dunk by Brad Tinsley.
The Vols struggled mightly on both ends of the floor early on, falling behind 26-8 with 6:54 left. Tennessee committed 11 turnovers in the first 12 minutes and missed 12 of their first 15 shots from the floor without making a 3-pointer. A Stokes basket with 6:33 left in the first half gave the Vols their first field goal in more than eight minutes. Vanderbilt answered with the next two hoops to balloon its lead to 20 at 30-10.
Vanderbilt opened the game on a 9-0 run in the first 3:30 as the Vols missed their first two shots and had four turnovers.
Ray Mears was the first coach to don the trademark coat during his tenure, debuting it in 1962 when he was hired. Every coach since Mears with the exception of Kevin O'Neill is believed to have worn an orange blazer at some point during their tenure with the Vols (Don DeVoe, Wade Houston, Jerry Green, Buzz Peterson and Bruce Pearl).
The Vols return home to host Auburn on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Vol Network.