Nov. 13, 2009
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "I was very pleased with our defensive effort tonight. Austin Peay runs good stuff, and to hold them down to 35 percent is an accomplishment. The pressures and our rotations wore them down, and enabled us to take control of the game. "We missed a bunch of dunks and layups tonight. We did not get to the free-throw line much, and hit only five, so that is a concern. "We got great leadership from Tyler Smith; he gave us great energy and was the best player on the floor tonight. Cameron Tatum I thought also played really well. You saw tonight why I have been singing his praises in practice."
AUSTIN PEAY STATE HEAD COACH DAVE LOOS: "They obviously wore us down with their size and athletic ability. I was pleased with the little run we had there at the end of the first half. We got some separation there. We had some guys who played hard and gave us some good time tonight. "I think we showed some good things tonight. Tennessee is as advertised for the whole game. They outshot us in the second half, and got some turnovers early, which kind of set the tone for the second half. Then we played better; I thought our effort was good. "Rebounding was something that just killed us. Their press was effective because we had some unforced turnovers also."
- The Vols won their 11th consecutive season opener and have won 18 consecutive season openers at Thompson-Boling Arena. Coach Bruce Pearl is 5-0 in season openers at UT.
- Pearl recorded his 99th victory in his 136th game as head coach of the Vols. Only five coaches have won 100 games at UT, and Pearl is on pace to become the second-fastest to reach that milestone.
- Scotty Hopson scored 16 points to lead the Vols for the fourth time in his career.
- Four Vols scored more than 10 points: Hopson (16), Cameron Tatum (15), Tyler Smith (14) and Wayne Chism (11).
- Smith and Chism each recorded their 12th career double-double. Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds; Chism had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Smith and Chism also accounted for the last time the Vols had two players record a double-double on the same night last season in the 70-67 loss to Alabama on March 8.