Feb. 23, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"The first half was quite an accomplishment by our guys. We were hitting on all cylinders and everything was clicking. In the second half, they came out and delivered some punches, and we got careless with the basketball. We knew they would come out, be aggressive and make some runs.
"Chris Lofton just got hot, and we kept giving it to him. We have seen him do that in practice.
"Brandon Crump getting a double-double is quite an accomplishment. His feet have really been hurting him, but he played hard tonight.
"I am happy for our guys. I told them to come out tonight, put some smiles on their faces, and enjoy the game. One thing about them, they work and get after each other. They are happy to say they got a win."
SOUTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH DAVE ODOM:
"It was a strange first half in some ways, pathetic in others. I could not have been more pleased with our first possession. Then they hit a couple of 3-pointers followed by many others. The 18-2 run did us in. Tennessee is much better at home than other places.
"It was almost a continuation of the Alabama spurt in the middle of the game. I told the team that if we did not get a handle on this game, we were in for a hard night.
"We never got a handle on their perimeter players early, and we could not contain Crump and Andre Patterson inside. Patterson did what he always does - gets offensive rebounds and runs the court. At the half, I tried to carve out a plan to get us back in the game. If they got 35 or more points in the second half, it would be hard for us to catch up. We almost got there. We were down three points with 51 seconds to go, but we did not get the shot we wanted. They made two free throws, and we still did not get a good shot. I was really disappointed in our last two possessions.
"We did very well not giving up. Getting behind so early is a major concern. We expended so much energy to come back, but it was doable. I resist saying we were flat. How can you be flat after the practices we had? If we had bad preparation, I would tell you. You could not ask for better preparation. It is inexplicable.
"The game was like a banquet with food spread before us; we knew it would not be easy. We knew Tennessee would not let us have it. Playing like we did was very discouraging. I am happy for Buzz and the Tennessee team, in the right way. They played well. They deserve good things to happen. I have explained it for the last time - they have to understand what is out there for them."
- Tennessee tied its highest point total in a half this season. The Vols also scored 51 points against Campbell - 12/23/2004.
- Brandon Crump moved past 1,200 career points, and into 24th place on UT's career scoring list with 1218 points. Crump recorded his third 20-plus point game this season.
- Chris Lofton set a career high with 25 points tonight (previous 22 points twice - last at Florida during 1/19/2005). His seven 3-pointers is a career high, and moved Lofton into 5th place on UT's season 3-pointers made list (74). The last Vol to make seven 3-pointers in a game was Vincent Yarbrough at Kentucky during 2/19/2002 (7-of-12).