Nov. 5, 2012
THE SERIES With the win, Tennessee improves to 69-18 all-time in exhibition games, including a 52-10 record at home and 43-5 at Thompson-Boling arena.
The Vols improve to 5-0 in exhibition games in 2012, after going 4-0 during their summer trip to Italy.
Tennessee is currently on a seven-game exhibition win streak.
The Vols were close to hitting the century mark for the 27th time in exhibition history, but fell one point shy.
UT is 7-0 in exhibition games in the Cuonzo Martin era.
Today's attendance is 14,788.
FOR STARTERS Tonight's starters: sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes, senior forward Kenny Hall, sophomore guard Josh Richardson, junior Trae Golden and senior guard Skylar McBee.
Sitting out of the exhibition are senior Jeronne Maymon (knee), senior Dwight Miller (knee), freshman Derek Reese (labral tear), and senior Rob Murphy (nose).
Stokes netted the first basket of the season for the Vols, a free throw 1:01 into regulation.
Sophomore Yemi Makanjuola, junior Jordan McRae and junior D'Montre Edwards were the first substitutions in for Tennessee.
MAKING THEIR DEBUT Three Vols made their Thompson-Boling Arena debuts against Victory, freshman Armani Moore, redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous and junior JUCO transfer D'Montre Edwards.
BALANCING ACT Head Coach Cuonzo Martin kept his players fresh by balancing their time on the court. The Vols averaged 20 minutes of court time. Only Quinton Chievous played more than 30 minutes.
The Vols evenly distributed the action across the board as no player had more than six points at the half, but nine of the 10 players to get in the game recorded a basket.
Four Vols finished the game in double figures with eight players tallying at least eight points.
The same went for rebounds as every player to get on the court grabbed at least two rebounds.
Kenny Hall was the first Vol to reach double digits on the scoreboard on a free throw with 15:44 remaining in the second half.
Edwards 3-pointer with 15:21 left in the second half put every Vol to play in the game on the board.
BOARD GAME Every Vol that got into the game garnered a rebound with each player achieving the feat at the half.
Quinton Chievous led the way with nine rebounds while Josh Richardson, Trae Golden and Kenny Hall were next with five each.
Tennessee finished with a +17 margin on the glass, outrebounding the Eagles, 48-31.
ON THE RUN Victory led by as many as six points (14-8) before the Vols regained a 15-14 lead with 13:15 left in the first half on a Trae Golden layup.
Jordan McRae closed the first half out by blocking Kristaps Bernans jumper and then running off the court to the locker room.
The Vols ended the game on a 14-0 run in the final 4:14 of action. Tennessee went 8-for-10 in its final 10 shots of the game.
FIELD GOALS GALORE Tennessee finished the game shooting of 50 percent from the floor and connected on 22-of-36 shots during the second half alone (61.1 percent).
The Vols shot over 40 percent from behind the arc (42.9 percent) with Skylar McBee and Jordan McRae hitting three-3s each.
TAKING CHARGE Yemi Makanjuola drew a charge with 14:24 left in the second half.
AT THE HALF Trae Golden led all Vol scorers with six points at the half on 3-of-6 shooting.
Kenny Hall and Josh Richardson led the Vols with four rebounds a piece.
Golden led all players with four assists at the half.
Jordan McRae was the only Vol to block a shot in the first half doing so with less than a second on the clock heading into halftime.
Nine of the 10 Vols to play in the first half recorded at least two points.
At the half, UT was up 38-26.
UP NEXT Tennessee begins its regular season on Friday, November 9 when Kennesaw State heads to Knoxville for the regular season tipoff at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports South.