Feb. 15, 2012
(17-9, 5-6 SEC)
(14-12, 6-5 SEC)
Tatum scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He returned to the scoring column after being held pointless vs. Florida.
4: The Vols have won four games in a row -- all in February. The last time UT won four in a row in Feb. was in 2007-08 as part of seven wins in a row in Feb. 2008.
6: Tennessee had six players in double-figures in double-figures for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010.
11: The 11 made 3-pointers are the most in an SEC game by the Vols since Jan. 31, 2009, when UT made 12 vs. Florida.
19-0: The Vols went on a 19-0 run over 4:06 early in the first half. That is the largest run of the season.
68.0: Tennessee shot 68.0 percent in the first half, the highest mark in any half this season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - An early 19-0 run proved to be the knockout punch as the Vols won their fourth game in a row, 77-58 over Arkansas. Tennessee (14-12, 6-5 SEC) moved into a tie for fourth place in the SEC with Mississippi State with the win. Arkansas falls to 17-9 overall and 5-6 in the league.
The Vols had a season-high six players score in double-figures led by Jordan McRae, who had 14 off the bench. All five starters scored in double-figures for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010: Trae Golden (13), Jeronne Maymon (12), Skylar McBee (12), Cameron Tatum (11) and Jarnell Stokes (10).
For Maymon, it was his seventh game in a row in double-figures. McBee scored in double-figures for the fourth game in a row -- the first four starts of his career. Cameron Tatum fell just short of a double-double with nine rebounds. Stokes returned to the starting line-up after ailing with a wrist injury.
"I thought we did a great job as a team and played well on both ends of the floor," said head coach Cuonzo Martin. "We did a great job on defense, I thought in the first half, maybe only one or two shots weren't contested. We were challenging them, making them take tough shots, making them take the extra dribble, forcing them to make tough plays.
The Vols shot 56 percent from the floor limited Arkansas to 42.9. It was the fifth time UT held an SEC opponent to less than 60 points this season.
Arkansas battled back early in the second half to come within 10 points at 60-50 on a Brandon Mitchell lay-up with 8:22 left in the second half. But the Vols withstood the rush and maintained the double-figure lead for the rest of the game.
The Vols led 47-30 at halftime as Tennessee shot 68 percent from the floor to take the large lead. Tennessee made 16 of its first 20 shots of the half and 7-of-10 on 3-point field goals for the entire half. McRae led all scorers with 11 at intermission.
Down, 6-4, the Vols went on a 19-0 run to take a commanding 23-6 lead including back-to-back 3-pointers by Golden and McRae with 13:31 left in the first half. Tennessee made nine of its first 10 shots from the floor. The Vols held Arkansas without a field goal for 4:23.
The Vols made 16 of their first 20 shots in the game as they were shooting 80 percent with about seven minutes left in the first half.
Arkansas was led by B.J. Young, who had 18 points.
"It's one game at a time," said Martin. "If we continue to do the things we're doing, we have a chance to be successful. We take things one at a time. We enjoy this one tonight, then tomorrow we do everything in our power to get prepared to beat a talented Alabama team, and that's easier said than done."
The Vols travel to Alabama for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off on Saturday. That game will air on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.