Nov. 26, 2012
THE SERIES The Vols are now (1-2) against the Oakland all-time. The Golden Grizzlies defeated the Vols, 89-82, in 2010 in Knoxville. Oakland took an 89-81 win in Rochester, Mich., in 2011.
Oakland is the only Summitt League team UT has ever faced.
FOR STARTERS The starters for the fifth game in a row: sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes, senior forward Kenny Hall, sophomore guard Josh Richardson, junior Trae Golden and senior guard Skylar McBee.
Vols sitting out Monday's game included senior Jeronne Maymon (knee), senior Dwight Miller (knee), freshman Derek Reese (labral tear).
Jarnell Stokes netted the first points of the game, on a pair of free throws just 29 into the action.
Oakland's Lloyd Neely II scored the first field goal of the game on a put-back lay-up one minute in.
Skyler McBee scored UT's first field goal when he drained a 3-pointer with 17:44 left in the first half.
Junior guard Jordan McCrae was the first player subbed in for Tennessee, checking in with 15:12 left in the first half.
HALL-ING DOWN REBOUNDS Senior Kenny Hall grabbed 11 boards for his first double-figure rebounding performance of the season and the sixth of his career. Hall had three double-digit rebound showings in 2011-12.
Tennessee outrebounded Oakland, 42-29.
STINGY DEFENSE Tennessee limited Oakland to just 28.6 percent shooting from the floor (16-of-56), the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent during Cuonzo Martin's tenure as UT head coach. It is the lowest opponent field-goal shooting night since Ole miss shot 26.7 percent on Jan. 29, 2011. The Golden Grizzlies also shot just 12.5 percent from 3-point range (2-of-16).
Oakland's 50 points are the fewest allowed by UT this season and second-fewest during the Martin era. Last season UT held Auburn to just 49 points.
Tennessee held Oakland to just 15 points in the first half on 5-of-32 shooting from the field, 1-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, and 4-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. It is the fewest points UT has allowed this season.
The 15 points allowed in the first half was also UT's fewest in a half under head coach Cuonzo Martin. The previous best was 16 against Auburn on Jan. 28, 2012. UT led the Tigers 30-16 at the half en route to a 64-49 victory.
Tennessee took command early in the game thanks to some strong defense. UT shut out Oakland for a stretch of 6:10 in the first half to build a 15-2 advantage. That is the longest scoreless stretch by a UT opponent this season.
In Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinals, UT held Oklahoma State scoreless for a span of 3:39 in the first half. In the season opener, the Vols held Kennesaw State scoreless for the first 5:02 of the second half.
CHARGE IT Junior D'Montre Edwards drew the first charge of his career with 1:35 left in the first half, holding his ground as Drew Valentine drove into the lane.
It was the ninth charge drawn by the team this season.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FELLAS Junior Trae Golden (18 points) and sophomore Jarnell Stokes (19 points) were very efficient from the floor, combining to shoot 14-of-17 (Golden 7-of-9, Stokes 7-of-8).
Golden reached double figures with 4:57 left in the first half when he made a pair of free throws. He scored 14 points in the first half. Golden has now scored in double figures four times this season and 31 times in his career.
Stokes recorded his fourth game in double-figure scoring of the season when he hit a jumper at the 16:22 mark of the second half. It also marked the 12th double-figure scoring effort of his career.
BOOM SHAKALAKA Tennessee had five dunks on Monday.
13:03 - Jordan McRae on a fast break (assist from Skylar McBee)
4:22 - Jarnell Stokes on a fast break (assist from Trae Golden)
15:36 - Kenny Hall on fast break (assist from Jarnell Stokes)
6:37 Jarnell Stokes on fast break (assist from Trae Golden)
1:59 D'Montre Edwards off a steal
With two dunks, Jarnell Stokes pushed his season total to a team-high seven.
D'Montre Edwards' dunk with 1:59 left in the game marked his first dunk as a Vol.
NICE TO SEE YA Rob Murphy made his season debut when he and Brandon Lopez checked into the game with 1:28 remaining. Lopez previously played one minute against Oklahoma State.
UP NEXT The Vols will compete in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge on Friday, Nov. 30, taking on No. 20/25 Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The last time the Vols and Hoyas played was Nov. 28, 2008. in a 90-78 UT victory in Orlando, Fla. Georgetown won the first-ever meeting, 70-60, on March 18, 2003, in Knoxville.