Feb. 17, 2010
Post-Game Quotes - Vols vs. Georgia (Feb. 17, 2010)
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: ""There was a lot of pressure on us here tonight, and I think we came out a little tight. We had no cohesion, especially on the offensive end. Georgia runs a lot of man and zone, and does a good job of disguising it. It was a very gutsy win, very adverse circumstances." "We made some changes to the lineup, playing Bobby Maze and Melvin Goins together, particularly at the end, was very positive. I thought that Brian Williams, especially in the second half was a positive." "Steven Pearl showed us how to guard Trey Thompkins, bizarre but true. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Thompkins and he's going to be a great pro." I thought we did a good job neutralizing the rest of the guys. We've made enough progress (since the previous meeting) to win this game. It's perception versus reality; they're a good team that has beaten four top 25 teams." "It was very important to get this win tonight at home, because we know what lies ahead going to South Carolina and Florida. We have to find a way to play better there than we did tonight."
GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK FOX: (on the start of the second half) "I did not like our determination at the defensive end at all. I thought it was very evident to start the half that we were lacking in that area. We never corrected it. "They were more effective in their attack and we were less aggressive defensively. We were a step behind the entire second half. You just cannot let a team shoot such a high percentage and think you are going to win. We tried a couple of different defenses, we tried different lineups, then different matchups - and obviously did not solve it. "We are still a little immature in our approach and our consistency. We are not a complete enough team to overcome mistakes. (There is) a small margin for error. At home, the crowd you correct some of those; on the road, they do not."
The Vols have now won 25 of their last 29 SEC games at Thompson-Boling Arena. Georgia has lost nine consecutive in Knoxville, dating back to the Bulldogs' last win in 2001.
Wednesday's win was the 90th for the Vols all-time against Georgia. UT leads the series 90-52.
After shooting 1-of-5 from the free-throw line in the first half, the Vols were a perfect 7-of-7 in the second.
The Vols opened the second half by scoring on eight consecutive possessions.
J.P. Prince finished with 15 points, all of them scored in the second half.
Wayne Chism recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Chism tied Rob Jones (1983-1986) for first on Tennessee's all-time games played list with 130.
Chism also moved into third on the Vols all-time blocks list with three blocks tonight; total 143, surpassing Dyron Nix (1986-1989).
This is the Tennessee's third home game where the Vols overcame halftime deficits of at least five points to win (tonight, Ole Miss, and Florida).