Tennessee Defeats EA Sports 110-83 in Exhibition Opener

Nov. 5, 2003

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KNOXVILLE -- Stanley Asumnu scored 23 points to lead Tennessee to a 110-83 victory over the EA Sports East All-Stars Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Asumnu, whose career-high is 11 points against VMI last season, connected on 11-of-14 from the field and had 17 points by halftime.

Asumnu led six Vols in double-figures. Brandon Crump scored 19 points, John Winchester had 14, Scooter McFadgon and Justin Albrecht had 12 and Major Wingate added 11. Al Faux led EA Sports with 29 points.

" We had good minutes from Stanley Asumnu, John Winchester and Justin Albrecht," UT head coach Buzz Peterson said. "Our perimeter people made some good shots. I was very excited at the way we came out and played. Stanley Asumnu has matured a lot. He?s very quick. Stanley?s a fine young man who works hard and never complains."

Tennessee led by as many as 35 points in the second half, 92-57, with 8:48 remaining. The Vols hit 13-of-28 (.464) from three-point distance and outrebounded EA Sports 50-43.

"We played a really good team tonight," EA Sports head coach Maz Trakh said. "Xavier and Louisville were good, but these guys might be the very best team we?ve played. We had no chance. They were the quickest team we have played. They dominated us."

The Vols led 55-37 at halftime following an impressive first half. After Lonnie Jones put EA Sports ahead 2-0, the Vols went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-4 advantage, highlighted by three-point baskets from Winchester and McFadgon.



Led by Asumnu's 17 first-half points, the Vols opened a 40-19 advantage with 5:13 remaining in the first half. Asumnu connected on 8-of-9 from the field in the first half.

EA Sports (1-3) played their fourth game in six days tonight. After winning their opener at Virginia Tech 86-82 Oct. 31, EA Sports lost games at Xavier (100-63) Saturday and Louisville 90-78 on Monday. They play at Western Kentucky tomorrow night.

Tonight's game featured a 20-foot, 6.25-inch three-point line (nine inches farther back than the college 19'-9'' line) in an experiment by the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee.

Tennessee plays its final exhibition game Nov. 14 against Southeast All-Stars in a 7:30 start from Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols open their 2003-04 campaign at home Nov. 21 against Wofford.



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