Nov. 2, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Volunteers opened its basketball exhibition season Saturday by pulling away in the second half for a 105-80 victory over Florida Southern at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee hosts Southern Indiana in the second exhibition game Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The regular season tips off No. 12 at Xavier.
After a close first half, the Vols controlled the scoreboard after halftime. Stokes drove in for a dunk to put the Vols ahead for good 49-47 with 18:50 remaining. Tennessee led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Tennessee built its lead thanks to field goals percentage and rebounding. Tennessee shot 37-of-61 from the field (60.7 percent), compared to the Mocs' 29-of-77 (37.7 percent). The Vols out-rebounded Florida Southern 56-29.
Freshman Robert Hubbs III came off the bench for the Vols to score 17 points in his home court debut. He logged 29 minutes on court, the most of any Vol. He was one of four newcomers to take the court, joining Darius Thompson, A.J. Davis and Rawane Ndiaye.
Redshirt senior Jeronne Maymon made his competitive return to Thompson-Boling Arena after missing the 2012-13 season with a knee injury. Maymon ended with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The first half featured back-and-forth scoring with five ties and eight lead changes. Tennessee finally took the lead for good when Armani Moore scored a layup to put the Vols ahead 40-39 with 3:30 left in the first half.
Tennessee held the lead 47-43 at halftime.
McRae scored 13 points in first first half and Stokes had 12 points.
Kevin Capers of Southern Florida made seven field goals and scored 20 points in the first half alone. He finished with 24 points.