Dec. 6, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "That was a good basketball game between two pretty good teams. Both teams were terrific on offense, both shot good percentages and both played hard.
"Dane Bradshaw was excellent. He plays so smart, and with so much heart. That is why he fills the box score with assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and the like. We need to do the things that will get him more shots. We are going to do it, and then he will be even more effective.
" We did a great job on Nate Cranford. The pressure was really good and forced a lot of turnovers. We got seven turnovers with our full-court pressure in the second half alone.
"Jordan Howell was there for crucial minutes. One of our goals is to keep C.J. Watson fresh so he can win the ballgame for us. That is a nice sign when Howell can come in and do that well. Watson is taking better percentage shots, and his scoring is about the same as last year, but his field-goal percentage is higher.
"We are 5-0 and our guys are finding ways to win. They are enjoying playing, and the crowd is enjoying watching them.
"Two games are coming up against good opponents. In order to be more fundamentally sound and play good defense, we have to drill them. But we cannot because we only have eight players.
"I am happy with Major Wingate - he has been in double figures all five times, and I think he is a really fine player."
APPALACHIAN STATE HEAD COACH HOUSTON FANCHER: "Coming off our loss to Davidson, I was anxious to see how we were going to respond and I thought we responded very well. We are never going to be satisfied walking into a losing locker room.
"We came in here with every intention of winning a basketball game and felt we needed to keep the tempo to our speed. They play at 100 miles per hour and we tried to keep it at about 75, running maybe three of every four times. It got up to 110 there when they came back on us and we sort of lost our lead and our luster, but still in the second half they got ahead of us and we did not fold.
"I was glad the way we competed the second half. I thought we rebounded extremely well and defended well. I was proud of our team's effort tonight, and we definitely took a step forward."
- Head coach Bruce Pearl is off to a 5-0 start, joining Ray Mears (1962-63), Emmett Lowery (1947-48), John Mauer (1938-39) and Jerry Green (1997-98) as the only UT coaches to win their first five games in their first year at Tennessee. Green guided the Vols to a 10-0 start while Mears, Lowery and Mauer all lost their sixth game.
- C.J. Watson scored a season-high 23 while matching career-highs in field goals made (7) and 3-point field goals (5).
- With three steals, Watson moved past Brandon Wharton (1995-99) into fifth place on UT's career steals list with 152. Dale Ellis (1979-83) is fourth with 154.
- Watson, Chris Lofton and Major Wingate have reached double-figure scoring in each of UT's five games.
- Wingate's six field goals matched his career high done on two previous occasions, most recently against Eastern Kentucky Nov. 25 when he scored a career-high 18 points.
- JaJuan Smith establised a career-high with nine points on three 3-pointers. His previous best was eight against EKU earlier this season.
- For the third time in five games, the 6-foot-4 Dane Bradshaw has led the Vols in rebounding. His six assists matched a career-high.