Nov. 30, 2013
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Tennessee took an early lead and cruised to an 82-63 victory over Wake Forest in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Saturday afternoon.
The Vols (5-2) were led by junior Jarnell Stokes, who posted his third double-double in as many games in the Bahamas with a season-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Darius Thompson scored a career-high16 points, his first game in double-figures. He finished the night a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.
Wake Forest (6-2) suffered its second loss of the season. The Demon Deacons were led by guard Codi Miller-McIntyre, who scored 17 points.
Tennessee jumped out to a 43-32 lead at halftime behind hot shooting. Stokes led all scorers with 12 points and Thompson added 11 in the half, more than he had scored in any full game this season.
With the Demon Deacons up 10-8 less than five minutes into the game, Tennessee went on to a 14-2 run keyed by Thompson. The freshman guard had seven points in the spurt that put the Vols ahead 22-12 with 10:54 left in the first half.
The Vols shot a sharp 54 percent from the floor in the first half including a perfect 3-of-3 from senior Jeronne Maymon.
Shooting remained solid in the second half as Tennessee continued pulling away from Wake Forest. The Vols eventually extended the lead to 28 points with 7:25 left in game on a three-point play by Thompson.
For the game, the Vols shot 25 of 47 from the floor (53.2 percent) and 28 of 36 from the free throw line (77.8 percent). Stokes and Thompson made nine free throws each.
Senior Jordan McRae joined Stokes and Thompson in double-digit scoring. He finished with 10 points. Maymon had nine points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor and six rebounds.
The Vols did a great job with the basketball, committing just eight turnovers in the game, including only one in the first half. Wake Forest had nine turnovers and shot just 42 percent from the field (21-of-50).
It was the first game between Tennessee and Wake Forest since Dec. 8, 1970.
The Vols finished the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 2-1 record through three games. They lost to UTEP in the opener but defeated Xavier the next day.
The Vols return home to host Tennessee Tech on Saturday at noon Eastern.