Nov. 17, 2009
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "Tonight we set some records offensively, and I'm sure that's probably what's going to be discussed. One hundred-twenty four points is the most we've scored; thirty-four assists (breaks) the record for assists; sixteen threes ties that record, but really it was all about our defense. Our first-half defensive effort was as good as I've seen in a while. We talked about the fact that I think there's an understanding about how we're supposed to guard and help one another.
"Obviously, UNC-Asheville did not play well tonight. I've seen them play before, and they just did not play well tonight. They're a better team than that. They're picked second in their league and they're going to have a good year. They've got to bounce back.
"We made some really good plays in pressure early that kind of got us on our run. Obviously, we played unselfish basketball.
"We want to build on this. We held our last opponent to 34 percent (shooting). We held this opponent to 24 percent, which is unrealistic to think we can continue that. We just want to try and build on it. I like the chemistry; I like the way they're sharing the ball; I like the fact that they're able to see what they're capable of doing if they apply themselves. Rebounding is an issue. It's got to be corrected or it's going to be a tremendous limiter for us. We don't dominate the boards."
UNC-ASHEVILLE HEAD COACH EDDIE BIEDENBACH: "At the beginning of the game, we did not do a darn thing. I am embarrassed for UNC-Asheville for Tennessee folks, because we want to come in here and make them learn, make them be a better basketball team. All we did tonight was give them some exercise.
"That is not UNC-Asheville. I am really disappointed in all of us. We are a better basketball team than that, but sometimes you let some get away from you.
"I never saw anything like that in biddy (youth) basketball, grade school, high school. That is not the way you are supposed to play."
- The win is Bruce Pearl's 100th as head coach at Tennessee. His record at UT stands at 100-37 (.729). He is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 100-win milestone after John Mauer (1938-47), who won 100 of his first 131 games. Pearl's career record stands at 417-121 (.775)
- Sophomore Scotty Hopson posted a career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including a 6-of-7 mark from three. His previous career high of 16 came vs. Austin Peay Nov. 13.
- Scotty Tennessee's 124 points scored are a school and Thompson-Boling Arena record, surpassing the 121 points scored vs. Long Beach State (3/16/2007) and vs. Mexico (1/24/1966). The arena record stood at 119 points, scored by LSU (2/10/1990).
- UT's 34 assists are a school record, surpassing the mark of 32 set vs. UT-Chattanooga (11/15/2008).
- The Vols' 16 three pointers ties a school record. Tennessee has now made 16 three-point shots in a game five times, all in the Bruce Pearl era.
- Tennessee's 66 points in the first half tied a Thompson-Boling Arena record.
- The 75-point margin of victory was the second-largest in program history. The school record stands at 79 points (Mexico, 1/24/1966).