Nov. 15, 2012
THE SERIES/PUERTO RICO HISTORY The Vols are now 9-0 all-time against UNC Asheville. Tennessee topped the Bulldogs, 72-68 in the last meeting, on Dec. 20, 2011 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee is now 25-4 all-time against current members of the Big South.
The Vols are appearning in a holiday tournament in Puerto Rico for the third time in history and now stand 4-3 record on the island.
Tennessee went 2-1 at the 1999 Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, defeating American-Puerto Rico and Southern Illinois before falling to Tulsa in the title game. The Vols posted a 1-2 record at the 1991 San Juan Shootout, with a win over American-Puerto rico followed by losses to TCU and Miami (Fla.).
FOR STARTERS The starters for the second game in a row: sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes, senior forward Kenny Hall, sophomore guard Josh Richardson, junior Trae Golden and senior guard Skylar McBee.
Sitting out of the opener were senior Jeronne Maymon (knee), senior Dwight Miller (knee), freshman Derek Reese (labral tear).
Jarnell Stokes netted the first basket of the game, on a lay-up, just 19 seconds into the action.
Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous was the first substitution in for Tennessee, 2:59 into the action, in the first half.
FRONT-COURT POWER Senior Kenny Hall and sophomore Jarnell Stokes combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds. The pair combined to shoot 56.6 percent from the floor.
Hall tallied 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two blocks in 32 minutes of action.
Stokes went to work in the second half with 12 of his points in the final 20 minutes. Stokes grabbed a team-high 11 boards.
RICHARDSON RINGS IT UP Sophomore Josh Richardson had the best game of his young career as he set his new career high with 12 points. Richardson previously scored 11 in the second game of his college career against ULM (11/16/11). The only other game he scored in double-figures was when he had 10 against Savannah State (3/13/12) in the NIT First Round.
TURNOVERS=POINTS The Vols made the most of converting UNC Asheville turnovers into points. Tennessee turned 11 UNC Asheville turnovers into 15 points.
In the first half, Tennessee outscored UNCA, 15-2, in points off turnovers with the Bulldogs turning it over nine times and UT, just five times.
DOUBLE-FIGURE BOYS Senior Kenny Hall had 12 points for his 13th career game in double-figures and second in as many games this season after 13 in the opener vs. Kennesaw State.
Sophomore Jarnell Stokes also scored in double-figures as he had 16. He has 10 double-figure games in his career including both this season.
Junior guard Trae Golden notched his 28th career double-figure game with 14 points. The previous 27 of those games came in his junior season of 34 games.
Sophohomore Josh Richardson reached double-figures for just the third time in his career with 12 points. The last time he did it was in the NIT First Round vs Savannah State (3/13/11)
Junior Jordan McRae tallied 12 points for his 15th career game in double-figures with the previous 14 coming in his sophomore year. The last time he scored more than 10 came at South Carolina (2/25/12) with 16 points.
STOKES DOUBLE-DOUBLE Jarnell Stokes had his third-career double-double and fifth-career game with double-figure rebounds.
Stokes' other double-doubles came in his freshman season with 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. UConn (1/21/12) and 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt (3/3/12).
UP NEXT The Vols will take on Oklahoma State, winners of a 69-65 overtime contest over Akron in the first game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. The Tennessee-OSU game will tip at 10:30 a.m.. on Friday and be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.
The last time the Vols and Cowboys played was in the 2009 NCAA Tournament First Round as OSU ended UT's season with a 77-75 win in Dayton. All-time, the Vols are 1-2 against Oklahoma State, with a 79-77 win on Dec. 18, 2006.