Nov. 18, 2012
THE SERIES/PUERTO RICO HISTORY Tennessee now leads the all-time series with UMass, 3-0, after Sunday's win. The Vols won both games in a home-and-home series in 2003 and 2004.
The Vols are appearning in a holiday tournament in Puerto Rico for the third time in history and now stand 5-4 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 fourth 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).
Senior Skylar McBee netted UT's first basket of the game, on a 3-pointer, just 49 seconds into the action.
Yemi Makanjuola was the first substitution in for Tennessee, 16:49 left the action, in the first half.
STOKES DOUBLE-DOUBLE Jarnell Stokes had his fourth-career double-double, second this season and sixth-career game with double-figure rebounds with a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Stokes had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Vols' first game in Puerto Rico vs. UNC Asheville, his other double-double this season.
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).
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORERS Sophomore Jarnell Stokes scored in double-figures for the third time in four games this season with 24. It was the 11th time his career he scored 10 or more ans first with 20-plus.
Junior Jordan McRae tallied 12 points for his 17th career game in double-figures and third this season.
Senior Skylar McBee had 11 for his 16th career game in double-figures, second of the season.
Sophomore Josh Richardson reached double-figures for just the fourth time in his career with 11 points. He has two of those this season after just two last season.
Junior guard Trae Golden notched his 30th career double-figure game with 11 points. It was his third this season, as he had 14 vs. UNC Asheville and 11 vs. Oklahoma State in the first two games in Puerto Rico.
CAREER HIGHS In addition to his career in the scoring column, Jarnell Stokes had career highs of free throws made (10) and free throws attempted (17). Also, notable, Stokes made nine of his final 12 free throws after starting 1-of-5 in the game.
Josh Richardson grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. His previous high was six vs. Memphis (1/4/12).
POUNDING THE GLASS The Vols grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds, including 17 offensive boards. The last time Tennessee had 50-plus rebounds was against Auburn last season on Jan. 28, 2012.
TAKE THE CHARGE The Vols drew two charges as Yemi Makajuola took his first of the season and seventh of his career. Jordan McRae also drew his first charge of the year and fourth of his career.
UP NEXT The Vols return to action on Monday, Nov. 26 as Oakland comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff, That game airs on Fox Sports South and the Vol Network.