Feb. 29, 2012
Numbers of Interest
7:33: Tennessee held LSU without a field goal over the final 3:37 of regulation and opening 3:56 of overtime.
10: Tennessee matched a season-high with 10 steals, also recording the mark vs. Arkansas (2/15).
15: The Vols overcame a 15-point deficit to win, their largest comeback of the season.
18: Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Vols in scoring for the second time in his career.
22: After shooting zero free throws in the first half, the Vols used the second-half and OT to attempt 22 shots from the charity stripe, making 19 (.864).
- With the win, Tennessee moved into a two-way tie with Alabama for fourth place in the SEC 9-6. Alabama also won tonight, 55-49, over Auburn. Just ahead of UT and Alabama are Florida and Vanderbilt at 10-5, both tied for second. The Vols and Commodores play Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena at 4 p.m.
- The comeback at LSU marked the fourth time this season, the Vols rallied from down by double-figures. Trailing by 15, it marked Tennessee's largest comeback win of the season.
- The Vols overcame an early 13-point deficit in the win over Ole Miss last Wednesday before rallying to win 73-60.
- The Vols came back from being down by 11 against UNC Asheville (12/20/11) and East Tennessee State (12/23/11).
- Tennessee is now 36-49 all-time in overtime contests after picking up its first OT win in three tries this season. The Vols fell in double-overtime, 99-97, to Memphis on Nov. 22, and lost 57-53 in OT at Georgia on Jan. 18.
- UT's victory marked its first overtime road win since defeating Florida in Gainesville, 83-76, on Jan. 19, 2005.
- Tennessee's last overtime win came against Ole Miss last season, a 71-69 win on Jan. 16, 2010.
STOKES BACK IN SCORING MODE
- Freshman Jarnell Stokes had his best scoring game in a month as he netted a career-best 18 points. The last time he scored in double-figures was vs. Arkansas (2/15) with 10. The last time he had more than 10 was when he tallied 11 vs. Auburn (1/28).
- The LSU game marked the fifth time he scored in double-figures.
- It also marked the second time in his career that he's led UT in scoring.
- Stokes' previous career-high came vs. UConn (1/21) when he tallied 16.
MAYMON KEEPS SCORING
- Jeronne Maymon scored in double-figures for the 12th consecutive game and 23rd time this season with 14.
- He's also scored at least 12 points in every SEC game this year.
- Tennessee held LSU without a basket for a span of 5:33 between the last 3:37 of regulation and first 3:56 of overtime.
- Overall, Tennessee limited the Tigers to two conversions in their final nine shot attempts (.222) over the final 8:37 of the game.
- Sophomore Trae Golden finished with 14 points for his 21st game in double-figures this season and in his career. He has reached 10 points or more in seven of his last eight outings.
- With four assists, Golden has led the Vols in that category 23 times this season.
THE LSU SERIES
- Tennessee leads the all-time series with LSU 60-43. UT is 24-24 all-time when playing LSU in Baton Rouge, but the Vols have emerged victorious in seven of their last nine trips to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
- Tennessee has won 15 of the last 20 games in the series.
LEAP DAY ACTION
- The Vols have played only seven previous games all-time on Feb. 29, with the most recent contest taking place during the 1991-92 season (an 87-64 win over South Carolina in Knoxville). That is Tennessee's first "Leap Day" outing since 1964.
- The Big Orange now own a 6-2 record on Feb. 29.
- Tennessee made a season-best 86.4 percent of its free throw attempts (19-of-22). The Vols attempted zero first-half free throws before attempting 22 over the final 25 minutes (second half and overtime).
- Cameron Tatum drew his 12th charge of the season, early in the first half.
- Tennessee matched a season-high with 10 steals, also accomplishing the feat vs. Arkansas (2/15). The Vols are 2-0 when recording double-digit thefts.
HIT AT LEAST HALF
- When shooting 50 percent or better, the Vols are now 8-0, after displaying a 25-of-49 (.510) shooting performance.
- Skylar McBee, Trae Golden, Cameron Tatum, Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes composed UT's starting lineup for the fifth straight game. The Vols are now 4-1 with those five starting.
- Tatum and Maymon are the only Vols to start all 30 games.
- The Vols return home for their regular-season finale on Saturday, March 3 as Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m., in an ESPN-televised game.