Nov. 5, 2003
EA Sports East All-Stars vs. Tennessee
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson: "I was pleased with the first 12 or 14 minutes, especially on defense, when we held them down. I was concerned that we would get sloppy, but we only had eight turnovers, and that is a good indication.
"I wanted to see how our young players would respond out there. We had good minutes from Stanley Asumnu, John Winchester and Justin Albrecht. 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.
"For the first 30 minutes I liked our pace. Major Wingate is another player who continues to impress me. He competes every day and will be a fine player. I want to thank Mike Hamilton for allowing us to make the trip to the Dominican Republic. I can see where it made a lot of difference in our play tonight."
EA SPORTS HEAD COACH MAZ TRAKH: "With Mike Chappell and Paul Shirley out, we didn't have very many bullets in the gun. We played a really good team tonight. 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. We lost to Louisville and Xavier, and beat Virginia Tech, but this is a good team.
"When it was 17-4, we knew we were in trouble. Tennessee had energy, quickness and speed. I was impressed with Stanley Asumnu and Scooter McFadgon. They were able to shoot the basketball, and take it to the basket. Tennessee's point guard really knows how to play. He gets his shots, and controls the game. Brandon Crump played really well, and was real active. Jemere Hendrix dominated the boards.
"I was impressed with how well Tennessee played as a unit. Sometimes teams take a while to get into their offense, particularly in the exhibitions, but they were executing one minute into the game. They shot 13-of-28 from the 3-point line, and they will be difficult to beat if they play that way this year. I was impressed by their having 27 assists. We go to Western Kentucky tomorrow night, and we have Paul Shirley back, and I'll pick up another player for the game at St. John's Saturday."