Nov. 21, 2011
Three-pointers that UT hit, marking the first time since Feb. 1, 1997 (vs. Wofford) that it happened.
Vols that scored tonight, which is a season high.
Jeronne Maymon set his career-high on the boards for the second straight game with 12.
Times the lead changed in tonight's contest.
UT will be in action just 18 hours after the conclusion of tonight's game when the Vols start tomorrow vs. Memphis at 2 p.m. ET.
MAUI, Hawaii — Despite four Vols scoring in double-figures, Tennessee lost to No. 6 Duke, 77-67 in the EA Sports Maui Invitational Quarterfinal on Monday. Jeronne Maymon led UT with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trae Golden (13), Jordan McRae (11) and Cameron Tatum (10) also scored in double-figures.
Tennessee (2-1) will play #8 Memphis on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in a game televised on ESPN2.
The Blue Devils (5-0) will play #15 Michigan on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Duke was led by freshman Austin Rivers, who had 18 points. Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly each tallied 17.
The Vols played tight all game and trailed by just six points at halftime, 39-33, despite Golden playing just four first-half minutes due to foul trouble. Tennessee and Duke were tied 13 times in the game as neither team led by more than double-figures until the final six minutes.
The Vols saw their streak of 461 consecutive games making a 3-pointer end as they went 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. The last time the Vols did not make a 3FG was on Feb. 1, 1997 against Wofford, when they went 0-for-16. That was a stark contrast from the first two games as UT averaged 13 treys in the first two games (26-of-53).
"I thought our guys competed," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. "They just made plays down the stretch and really executed. I thought we had a couple of quick shots, but it was tough."
The Blue Devils have been the kings of the Maui, winning titles in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2007.
The Blue Devils are young but talented, with a heralded class of five freshmen headed by Rivers, the consensus top recruit in the nation and son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Duke has already been through a string of tough opening games, beating Belmont, Presbyterian, Michigan State and Davidson. The win over the Spartans, last Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, gave Coach Mike Krzyzewski his 903rd win, passing his mentor and former coach Bobby Knight for most all-time in men's Division I.
The freshman was out of control at times in the first half, making just 1-of-5 shots from inside the arc. He was good outside the 3-point line, though, hitting 3-of-4, including a pair late in the half that put the Blue Devils up 39-33.
Rivers started to hit a few shots inside the arc in the second half and dropped in another 3 as the Blue Devils stretched a 2-point lead midway through the half up to 13.
"This is our fifth game in about 10 days and he's learned a lot. He came through," Krzyzewski said. "He's not afraid. He's going to be a terrific player for us." While Duke always seems to have talented new players, about the only thing the same at Tennessee are those bright orange uniforms.
Martin has tried to retool what Tennessee does, using a basic form of the motion-style offense that helped Missouri State become one of the Missouri Valley Conference's top scoring teams and a high-pressure defense similar to what Pearl ran during his early tenure in Knoxville.
Long and athletic, the Vols were able to keep up with the big Blue Devils early on, keeping it close despite missing numerous shots at the rim and a few wild ones. Tennessee missed all six of its 3-point attempts in the half on the way to shooting 33 percent, but was still within six.
After Duke's short run to end the first half, the Vols rallied to tie the game at 45-all early in the second. The Blue Devils made another run and Tennessee answered, pulling within 2 midway through.
Duke again started to pull away and the Vols had no answer this time, headed to the loser's bracket in their first trip back to Maui since 2004.
"They obviously did a good job on chesting us up, keeping their hands high without fouling," Maymon said. "We've got to focus on finishing more around the basket. That's mostly on us."