Dec. 17, 2003
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson
"We needed this game for a confidence-builder after what happened to us Saturday up at Nebraska. It was good to have Scooter McFadgon finding his touch tonight from the 3-point line. C.J. Watson was tremendous at pushing the basketball, and finding men for open shots.
"We had good practices, and good effort all the way. I thought we played very aggressively. My concern is that we continue to get better every time out. We still have a lot of things to continue working on.
"In our practice sessions, our players probably came out the past couple of days feeling that Coach Peterson was not their best friend. I told them in the locker room I loved them all, but I'm going to push them.
I really have been impressed by Boomer Herndon; some light went on in his head that led to a good semester for him in school, and good play on the basketball floor. If he stays aggressive, he'll help our basketball team. We're going to need him.
"John Winchester was late for a meeting yesterday, so we sat him out for the first half. Pee Wee Gash was held out with a thigh injury. Now we've got to get ready for a good Georgia State team, which has beaten some quality opponents. We need to be ready for a tough game Saturday afternoon."
THE CITADEL HEAD COACH PAT DENNIS
"What you learn from a game like this is it is a quick bus ride home. We knew we'd have a hard time after the Nebraska game.
"Tennessee is well-coached; they get the ball to the right people, and they defend it well. Our slippage from practice to a game is about 100 percent.
"Tennessee is just more experienced. They are bigger and stronger. We're playing all freshmen, and we can't compete at this level."