Nov. 16, 2011
Maymon recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five of his boards came on the offensive end, and he shot 5-of-6 from the field.
Trae Golden and Jeronne Maymon are the first pair of Vols to have a double-double in the same game since 11/13/09.
Skylar McBee's 5 three-pointers were the most by a Vol since Scotty Hopson's 6.
Golden's 11 assists are the most by a Vol since Bobby Maze had 11 vs. Chattanooga (11/15/08).
Rebounding margin for the Vols with a 46-27 advantage.
Points in the paint for Tennessee, where the Vols held a 34-10 edge, including 26-2 in the second half.
Trae Golden (46 points in addition to 49 points from assists) has played a role in 54 percent of the Vols' 177 points through two games (95 points)
BY JOSH PATE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Trae Golden scored 17 points and a dished a career-high 11 assists as Tennessee placed five guys in double figures to pull away late in the second half and beat Louisiana-Monroe 85-62 Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. A 29-9 run midway through the second half keyed the win.
The Vols (2-0) were all locked up with the determined Warhawks (0-3) until midway in the second half when a burst of scoring set Tennessee apart.
ULM led 48-46 with 14 minutes to play in the game, but Golden was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He made all of his shots to turn the game in Tennessee's favor. After that, it was all Vols.
Golden found freshman Josh Richardson soaring to the rim for a dunk, and then Richardson nailed a 3-pointer from the wing. Golden added a coast-to-coast layup, and suddenly it was 64-54 Tennessee with 7:51 remaining.
Jeronne Maymon got into the action following a timeout with a strong move inside. Then he put back his own miss and was fouled with 5:59 to play. The free throw conversion made it 69-55 Vols.
Cameron Tatum then drained another Tennessee 3, and the Vols sealed their victory.
Golden led the Vols in scoring for the second consecutive game, but his 11 assists were a product of assistant coach Tracy Webster providing a pep talk to the point guard.
"Coach Webster came to me and told me I needed to lead better and take the guys, that I wasn't being a point guard out there," Golden said. "When he came to me and said that, I was just trying my hardest to make sure everybody got shots and talked more."
Skylar McBee scored a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers. Tatum added 13 points, and Richardson scored all of his 11 points in the second half.
Maymon joined Golden in the double-double category, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. It was the first time Tennessee had two players notch double-doubles in a game since 2009.
Fred Brown led ULM in scoring with 18 points behind four 3-pointers, but four fouls in the first half limited his action.
The differences between the first half and second half were striking. In the first 20 minutes, Tennessee shot a dismal 31.3 percent from the floor compared to ULM's hot 46.9 percent. In the second half, the roles reversed: Tennessee 57.1 percent, ULM 42.9 percent.
Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin said it was his team's focus on defense that made the difference.
"We picked it up in the second half defensively," Martin said. "We kept our composure and made the necessary switches on their cuts and curls. We didn't do a good job finishing in the first half but did a good job rebounding the ball. What was most impressive was one turnover in second half. When you get up 8 or 9, the focus goes from putting the team away to getting shots up."
Tennessee's lead was exactly 9 at the 12:06 mark of the first half when ULM made its run to come back and take the lead 16-15. The back-and-forth contest carried into the second half with ULM pulling ahead 41-37 coming out of the break. A McBee 3 kept Tennessee within range at 41-40 until the second-half run surged the Vols ahead for the final time.
"The second half, the first 10 minutes, even though we were up four points, I kept looking up at the score and the pace was faster, and that's not good for us, a little fool's gold for us," said ULM head coach Keith Richard. "We got too happy with how we were playing, started playing a little faster in the half-court offense ... and that's your ballgame."
Tennessee dominated ULM on the boards, outrebounding the Warhawks 46-27. But ULM was more focused on getting back on defense than pulling down offensive rebounds.
Martin was pleased with the rebounding effort and the victory as the Vols head to Maui for the EA Sports Invitational and a date with Duke on Monday (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). He said he didn't think his team was looking past ULM, but that the Warhawks' offense was a tough guard for his team.
"At the end of the day, we were the better team overall," Martin said. "Anything can happen with that type of offense they run. That type of offense keeps them in games. They're tough because they cut and move. All of a sudden they have an open 3-point shot. I don't think we took anything for granted."