Nov. 3, 2006
Knoxville, Tenn. - The No. 24 Tennessee Volunteers overcame a sluggish first half and used their size and quickness to out muscle the Tusculum Pioneers in the second half for a 100-57 victory in the final exhibition at Thompson-Boling Arena. For the second straight game, Tennessee was led in scoring by JaJuan Smith who finished with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as five Vols scored in double figures.
After shooting just 35 percent in the first half from the field and hitting 2-of-9 from the free throw stripe, the Vols found their stroke in the second half, connecting on 27-of-38 (71 percent) from the field as they outscored the Pioneers 64-30.
Tennessee opened the second half on a 19-10 run in taking 59-36 lead at 13:34. The Vols were aided by four 3-pointers during the run, including two by Smith. But it was a 19-0 run over the next three minutes that extended the lead to 41 at 78-37 on a dunk by Duke Crews. From there, Tennessee put it in cruise control as the lead grew to a high of 45 at 100-55 on a jumper by Ryan Childress.
Chris Poore led Tusculum with 21 points.
Despite forcing 20 first half turnovers, it took a late 8-1 run by the Vols over the final three minutes to take a 36-27 lead at the break.
Tusculum gave the Vols a fight early, taking a 15-13 lead on a jumper by Jordan Lear at 15:17 before Tennessee went on a 14-6 run over the next eight minutes in building a 25-19 advantage. The Pioneers then cut it to two at 28-26 before the final run by the Vols.
Tennessee opens the regular season Nov. 10 against Middle Tennessee in Knoxville at 7:30 p.m. ET.