Tennessee Wins Season Opener 81-70 Over Wofford

Nov. 21, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Scooter McFadgon scored 31 points and Brandon Crump added 11 points and 11 rebounds Friday night as Tennessee had to fight for an 81-70 win over Wofford in the season opener for both teams.

Jemere Hendrix added 12 points and nine rebounds while C.J. Watson and Stanley Asumnu each had 11 points for the Volunteers (1-0), who won their 12th straight home opener.

A victory looked questionable late in the second half with the Terriers (0-1) scrapping for baskets and rebounds.

Tennessee led by six at halftime, but Wofford went ahead 43-41 after a 12-2 run to start the second half.

The Vols regained the lead on the next possession when Watson passed ahead to McFadgon on the break and McFadgon made the ensuing foul shot.

The Terriers tied it twice afterward and then went ahead again after making three straight 3-pointers.

Asumnu scored on a driving layup to tie it at 58, and the Vols started to pull away.

McFadgon scored seven of Tennessee's next 12 points, and his dunk with 4:50 remaining gave the Vols a 70-62 lead.

Justin Stephens kept Wofford in it with a 3, and David Eaton added a free throw after Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson was called for a technical foul.

Four points was as close as the Terriers would get before Tennessee extended its lead out of reach.

Tyler Berg and Sam Daniels each had 11 points for Wofford, and Stephens added 10.

The Vols were playing for the first time without Ron Slay, last year's flamboyant senior who often took over during games.

Tennessee tended to be more successful in transition and struggled in the halfcourt. McFadgon, however, had no qualms about shooting the ball.

He was 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Wofford led early in the game before Tennessee used a 12-0 run to take the lead for the rest of the first half.

The Vols shot 72 percent overall in the second half compared to 37 percent in the first.





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