Nov. 5, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee newcomers Andre Patterson and Chris Lofton combined for 35 points while Scooter McFadgon scored a game-high 20 points in leading the Volunteers to a 117-89 exhibition win over the Division II Tusculum Pioneers of the South Atlantic Conference at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Watson dished out 10 assists, all in the first half, while Patterson pulled down nine rebounds (five offensive).
Drew Harmon led Tusculum with 16 points, while Bobby Ewing added 15 off the bench. Douglas Tshomba, Greg McIntosh and Jordan Lear each tallied 11. McIntosh hauled in eight karoms.
Tennessee kept a hot hand all night by shooting 61.3-percent for the game, connecting on 38-of-62 field goals and 53.3-percent from 3-point land, hitting 16-of-30.
The Vols began to pull away midway through the second half as they went on a 23-to-6 run over an eight-minute period to extend the lead to 28 on a 3-pointer by McFadgon at 98-70.
The lead grew to as much as 33 on a free throw by Stanley Asumnu at 107-74.
Tennessee led 61-47 at halftime as McFadgon scored 15 and Lofton 11. The Vols hit 61.1-percent (22-of-36) from the field and were even better from beyond the extended 3-point arc of 20 feet, 6 inches, connecting on 11-of-17 for 64.7 percent.
They blistered the nets early by connecting on their first nine 3-point shots in building a 28-9 lead at the 14:14 mark. The lead grew to a high of 21 at 57-36 on a McFadgon jumper at 5:29.
Tusculum wasn't bad from the field either, shooting 52-percent in the first half, led by Tshomba's 11.
Tennessee next hits the hardwood for its second and final exhibition against Carson-Newman College on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET. They open the regular season against Stanford on Nov. 22 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.