Nov. 13, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee continued to get solid production from its newcomers while veteran Scooter McFadgon scored 21 to lead four Volunteers in double figures in a 95-59 victory over the Division II Carson-Newman Eagles in the final exhibition game for both schools at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee went 2-0 in its exhibition contests, first defeating Tusculum by 28, then crushing Carson-Newman by 36. The Eagles dropped their third exhibition game of the fall.
Freshmen guards Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith stole the show as they combined for 29 points. Lofton pumped in 18 on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, while Smith was 4-of-4 from the field, including three 3-pointers for 11 points.
Jonathan Martin led the Eagles with 14 points and Braun Dabbs had 10 and seven rebounds. Amonzo Gantt also pulled down seven rebounds. Carson-Newman was limited to 36.4 (24-of-66) from the field.
McFadgon, who opened the second half with a trey, scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the second stanza. His 3-pointer gave the Vols a 46-point lead at 79-33.
The lead grew to as much as 52 at 90-38 on a dunk by Stanley Asumu at the 5:33 mark.
Carson-Newman led 11-7 on a jumper by Martin at 16:11 before the Vols went on a 22-2 run over the next seven minutes, in taking the lead for good at 29-13. Lofton keyed the run with six points as he hit all four shots in the first half, including a 3-pointer.
Tennessee went up 44-23 at the break on a free throw by Asumnu as the Vols shot 53.1 percent from the field while connecting on 5-of-9 3 pointers. The Eagles were limited to just 10-of-33 from the field.
Tennessee opens the regular season at the EA Sports Maui Invitational against No. 25 Stanford on Nov. 22. Carson-Newman tips off its season at home versus Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 16.