Nov. 22, 2013
THE GAME The Vols improve to 3-1 on the season and are currently on a three-game home winning streak
With the win, Tennessee improves to 4-0 in the series with TSU
The Vols are now 50-2 all-time against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference
The Vols are now 7-2 all-time on November 22 and remain perfect at home on this date.
The 88 points scored were the most in regulation since a 88-58 win over Kentucky in Thompson-Boling Arena last season.
Tonight's attendance: 15,134
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: F Josh Richardson, G Antonio Barton, F Jarnell Stokes, F Jeronne Maymon, G Jordan McCrae, the third game in a row with this lineup.
Stokes is making his 45th consecutive start, Richardson his 35th, and McRae his 24th
Antonio Barton, senior transfer from Memphis drew his first start for the Vols after coming off the bench in the season opener at Xavier.
Barton started 31 games as a member of the Tigers.
WIRE-TO-WIRE Never trailing in the contest, the Vols recorded their seventh wire-to-wire win, and second in as many games under Cuonzo Martin.
The back-to-back wire-to-wire wins against The Citadel and Tennessee State marked the first time in Martin's career that he has achieved the feat.
Wire-to-Wire Wins Under Martin
Date, Opponent, Score
Nov. 22, 2013, Tennessee State, 88-67
Nov. 18, 2013, The Citadel, 86-60
Nov. 26, 2012, Oakland, 77-50
March 13, 2012, Savannah St., 65-51
Feb. 25, 2012, South Carolina, 73-64
Dec. 29, 2011, The Citadel, 86-55
Nov. 11, 2011, UNCG, 92-63
RICHARDSON TURNOVERS Entering the contest with Tennessee State, junior G Josh Richardson had not turned the ball over in 84 minutes.
In 17 minutes of action against Tennessee State, Richardson continued his turnoverless streak extending it to 101 minutes.
THOMPSON TAKES IT AND DISHES Freshman Darius Thompson had a season-best five takeaways in the game.
The five steals were the most by a Vol this season besting Jordan McRae's three vs. USC Upstate on Nov. 18.
The steals were also the most for a Vol since Jarnell Stokes had five against Kennesaw State in the season opener last year.
Thompson's steals were the most for a freshman since Tobias Harris had five against Belmont on Dec. 23, 2010
The rookie finished the game with seven assists, the most for a freshman since Trae Golden had eight against Memphis on Jan. 5, 2011
McRAE LEADS THE WAY... AGAIN With a game-high 25 points, senior Jordan McRae led the way for the Vols. The guard has led UT in every game this season and now 22 times in his career.
It was the 15th career 20-point scoring performance and the third this season, second in as many games, for the Preseason All-SEC first-teamer.
McRae tallied his ninth career 25-point game.
McRae went 9-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
DUNK TALLY (10) Entering the game with Tennessee State, the Vols had thrown down for five dunks on the season. The Vols put down five dunks in tonight's match alone
In the first half alone, the Vols had back-to-back dunks by Darius Thompson (2nd of season) and Jordan McRae (1). Thompson went first, created a steal and sent it to McRae who tomahawked it in.
Jarnell Stokes notched his second dunk of the season on the Vols' third of the game slamming one down midway through the second half on a feed from Thompson.
Robert Hubbs added a dunk over halfway through the second, his second this year while Rawane Ndiaye closed the game out with a slam with two and a half minutes remaining.
FIRST CAREER FIRSTS Junior transfer Rawane Ndiaye recorded his first career points in the orange and white in the second half against Tennessee State on a swooping layup off the glass.
UP NEXT The Vols head out to the Bahamas from November 28-30 where they will take part in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Tennessee will begin the tournament with a Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving night) contest vs. UTEP at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Net. The game marks the first meeting against UTEP since 1962.