Dec. 18, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The Vols won the inaugural meeting between the two teams.
The win was the 299th in Thompson-Boling Arena for the Vols.
The win extends the Vols active home win streak to four games.
The Vols are now 2-0 in their current six-game homestand.
The win improves the Vols to 26-4 (.867) against current members of the Big South Conference.
Today's attendance was 14,495.
FOR STARTERS The Vols, who had the same starting rotation for the first eight games of the year made a change tonight as Jordan McRae started at center in place of Kenny Hall.
G Trae Golden, G Skyler McBee, F Josh Richardson, F Jarnell Stokes and C Jordan McRae.
TOUGH D The 13 first half points allowed were the least in a first half since allowing UGA just 13 on Feb. 4, 1998 en route to a 77-48 win.
The Vols' three-point defense entering the game was .248, second in the SEC and 13th nationally. Tonight the Vols allowed eight three pointers (8-of-23) , but held the Blue Hose to just 1-of-13 shooting from behind the arc in the first half (7.7%)
On the season the Vols are (.265) holding their opponents to (36-of-136 shooting)
Martins' Vols have held 21 teams to fewer than 30 first-half points including the Blue Hose who tallied just 13 tonight in the first half.
In his first start of the season, the 16th of his career and first since 1/4/12 against Memphis, Jordan McRae finished with eight rebounds, all of them defensive, tying his career-high set at South Carolina (2/25/12).
The 22 Presbyterian rebounds were the fewest by any Vol opponent this season and tied the fewest allowed in Thompson-Boling Arena (22 - Belmont, 12/20/04 and LSU 3/3/01)
STRONG O The 43 first half points tallied by the Vols were the most this season for Tennessee besting the previous high of 42 set against Kennesaw State (11/9).
The Vols shot 46.7 percent on the night (28-of-60) and 40.9 percent behind the arc (9-for-22). From the free-throw line the Vols were 13-of-16 (.813), including a perfect 8-for-8 in the first half for the season's best free-throw shooting percentage.
Leading the Vols was Jarnell Stokes, who, in the three previous games had just 15 points. He finished with 18 points against Presbyterian.
Trae Golden notched 16 points against the Blue Hose finishing with a combined 41 in the last two games, the most since he had 29 and 22 respectively in back-to-back games against Chattanooga (1/2) and Memphis (1/4) last season.
Five Vols finished with double-digit scoring, the third time this season and first since UMass (11/18) that the feat has been achieved.
KEEP AWAY The Vols had just six turnovers against Presbyterian, the fewest in the Cuonzo Martin era and the least since the Vols had just six turnovers against South Carolina on Feb. 6, 2010.
TIS THE SEASON - HIGHS With 11 points, in the first half, JUCO transfer D'Montre Edwards set a new career high besting his previous high of five points set twice, last vs. Wichita State and notching his first double-digit effort as a Vol.
Trae Golden, with his eight assists, set a new season high. His career high sits at 11 set against Louisiana-Monroe last year on 11/16.
A GAME OF RUNS After allowing the Blue Hose the first basket of the game, the Vols went on a 10-0 run over a 1:52 span to gain an eight point advantage.
The Vols went on a 13-0 run after allowing Presbyterian a three-pointer in the middle of the first half.
The Vols finished the first half out on an 8-0 run.
In the second half, Presbyterian was on the run making a 7-0 run in the middle of the second half and finishing the game out on an 8-0 run.
UP NEXT The Vols will take part in their third of six home games when they take on Western Carolina Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
UT'S RECORD WHEN... The Vols are now 6-1 on the season when leading at halftime.
Tennessee is 15-2 during senior Skylar McBee's career when he scores 10+ points. McBee finished with 12 points.
The Vols are 4-1 on the year when outrebounding their opponents. The Vols outrebounded Presbyterian 42-22 on the night.
The Vols bench has outscored their opponents' bench in each of the games this season. Tonight UT had 14 bench points to Presbyterian's four.