Nov. 16, 2012
THE SERIES/PUERTO RICO HISTORY Tennessee now trails the all-time series with Oklahoma State 3-1, with all three meetings taking place at neutral sites. Prior to Friday, the most recent clash was a 77-75 OSU win in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on March 20, 2009. UT's lone win against the Cowboys came on a last-second 79-77 win in Nashville in 2006.
Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin is now 0-2 in head-to-head coaching matchups with Travis Ford. Martin took his 2010-11 Missouri State team to Stillwater on Dec. 11, 2010, and suffered an 84-70 defeat. It was one of just nine losses for Martin's Bears that season (26-9).
The Vols are appearning in a holiday tournament in Puerto Rico for the third time in history and now stand 4-4 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 third 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 game were senior Jeronne Maymon (knee), senior Dwight Miller (knee), freshman Derek Reese (labral tear).
Oklahoma native Josh Richardson netted the first basket of the game, on a 3-pointer, just 33 seconds into the action.
Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous was the first substitution in for Tennessee, 2:46 into the action, in the first half.
GOLDEN THE ONLY ONE Junior guard Trae Golden notched his 29th career double-figure game with 11 points. It was his second this season, as he had 14 vs. UNC Asheville in the first game in Puerto Rico. The previous 27 of those games came in his junior season of 34 games.
Golden was UT's only scorer in double-figures.
STOKES DRAW CHARGE Jarnell Stokes drew his first charge of the season and fourth of his career, in the first half of the game.
UP NEXT The Vols will play in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. UT will play the loser of the No. 6 NC State/UMass game, which takes place later this afternoon. Sunday's game will air on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.