Nov. 3, 2006

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C. Lofton | Coach Pearl

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.

Wayne Chism tallied 12 points with five steals. Crews and Ramar Smith each added 11, while Smith handed out eight assists. Chris Lofton put in 10 for the Vols.

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.





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