Dec. 14, 2004
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
Chris Lofton had 12 points - all on 3-pointers - for the Volunteers, who have won two games in a row for the first time this season.
Tennessee (4-3) struggled in the opening minutes, missing nine of their first 16 shots, but took control before halftime.
Joel Bosh's jumper with 4:35 left tied it at 20 for Alabama State (1-5), but Tennessee responded with an 18-2 run to finish the half and go ahead 38-22.
Lofton hit two 3-pointers, McFadgon scored five points and Crump had four points for Tennessee in the spurt.
Alabama State's Jermaine Smith scored the first basket in the second half to cut the lead to 14, but that was as close as the Hornets would get the rest of the way.
Lofton hit back-to-back 3s, Crump sank another and Major Wingate scored inside to push the Vols' lead to 20 with 17:13 left.
Alex Oliver led Alabama State in scoring with 12 points.
Oliver is a Knoxville native whose father, Charles Oliver, is an administrative assistant for event management in Tennessee's athletic department.
McFadgon scored all his points in the first half, and the Vols shot 52 percent (14-of-27) from the field to help build their lead.
The Hornets struggled, shooting 27 percent (16-of-59) from the field for the game.
Alabama State came into the game averaging 52 points a game and 35 percent shooting from the field.
Hornets are 0-20 against Southeastern Conference schools.