Nov. 18, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "It was a great night for University of Tennessee basketball in a lot of ways. We had 21,280 - I can't say how much I appreciate the crowd turning out like they did. I am happy East Tennessee State was here for this kind of crowd. They have a great tradition, and Murry Bartow is a fine coach. After the game, the players went up into the concourse and shook as many hands as they could to thank the crowd for coming out tonight. The players told me the fans really seemed to appreciate it.
"All in all, it was a great night for UT. Tim Smith is a one-man wrecking crew. We did a pretty good job the first half on him. Having guys in the corners to take shots like Chris Lofton puts a lot of pressure on the defenses. We did not give him a lot of shots tonight, but he still had 24 points for us.
"Smith and Dillion Sneed are very good scorers. When ETSU made its run in the second half, I did not want to call a timeout because I did not want to give them a chance to rest. We will have to do a lot better job when we get into the SEC season of playing defense. To force East Tennessee State into 33 turnovers means we are playing hard. We need to get turnovers without fouling.
"The student section stood and cheered for the whole game; I was really impressed. This is a team that will make the extra pass, which is something I like to see. We must continue to get better.
"Louisiana-Lafayette will be a tough game; they have an NBA-level center, and a lot of quality athletes."
EAST TENNESSEE STATE HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: "(The turnovers) really killed us, killed us. We just were not very efficient tonight; that is about as simple as I can say it. We turned it over way too many times.
"We were hoping coming in here to have 12-13 turnovers for the game, and we had 20 at the half. Then they really capitalized. I thought Tennessee did a good job tonight. They were efficient offensively; they did what they had to do defensively, creating a lot of turnovers. Obviously, the better team won tonight.
"I thought Tayloe Taylor came in and did some great things. I thought Dillion Sneed showed if we get him the ball what kind of year he could have. Obviously, there is a lot we have got to work on. But I thought there were some bright spots. We have just got to learn, move on, and see if we can beat Radford Tuesday night."
- Tonight's attendance of 21,280 is the fourth-largest for a home opener in school history. The high is 25,272 against Marquette Dec. 3, 1987 when the arena opened.
- The last time Tennessee scored 100 points in a game was a 108-84 victory over Texas A&M, Dec. 2, 2003.
- The last time UT scored 60 points in a half was a 63-point second-half outing against the Aggies.
- The last time Tennessee scored 100 points in a season opener was a 118-86 win over Tennessee Tech in 1988.
- C.J. Watson scored 22 points and now needs 12 to reach 1000 for his career.
- Watson is now all alone in fifth place in career assists with 465. Tyrone Beaman (1980-84) is in fourth with 491.
- Dane Bradshaw recorded his first career double-double with career-highs in rebounds (12) and points (13). His six assists were also a career-best.
- The rebounds bettered his previous best of six set three times, most recently against LSU (2/5/05).
- The points bettered his previous best of nine set against Georgia State (12/20/03)
- Stanley Asumnu established a career-high with 18 points, bettering the 14 he had versus Georgia March 5, 2005. His 8 field goals were also a career-best.
- Chris Lofton's six 3-pointers were one shy of his career high.
- The last time UT made 10 3-pointers in a game was against Kentucky (3/11/2005).
- The last time UT had 25 assists was 26 against The Citadel (12/17/2003).
- The last time UT had 15 steals was 16 against Vanderbilt (2/3/2001).