Dec. 20, 2004
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"It was not pretty, but a win is a win. We had too many turnovers. Give Belmont credit for that, but we usually take better care of the ball than we did tonight.
"We had an early lead, but we let it slip away. One time I looked out on the floor in the second half, and we had three freshmen in the game. We need to continue to work on our inside-outside game, and get ready for Campbell Thursday.
"I am most concerned about our taking better care of the ball. Scooter McFadgon did not play tonight because he is serving a one-game suspension for violating our team rules. He is a guy we need to go to for scoring, but others stepped up and did the job. Brandon Crump kept things simple. Andre Patterson did a nice job. I thought Jemere Hendrix did a nice job, especially in the first half.
"Belmont did an excellent job of guarding us from 3-point territory. But that probably helped us get inside and opened things up. We have to get good team chemistry; we do not have it right now. We want to improve as a team in all aspects before the Christmas break."
BELMONT HEAD COACH RICK BYRD:
"We are a better team than we were when we walked in here. You cannot play in fear like we did the first 15 minutes. We were scared to be aggressive, and scared to pass. You cannot whine when we get knocked down. I thought we competed hard the last 25 minutes. It was not always pretty, but we did play hard.
"We had some guys who grew up tonight. Justin Hare played pretty well, and Jese Snyder played Chris Lofton great. It is always easier to shut down a perimeter player. But we had no answer for Brandon Crump. Our main concerns were how to stop Lofton, and how to guard Crump.
"There was a key moment there where C.J. Watson threw up the shot with the left hand, and then Crump made a good play. Those two shots probably cost us the game. Our record is worse right now, but we will be better as the season progresses. If we do not make the 3-pointers, we are not very good. That is what we do best. Our guys know they have the green light to shoot.
"Hare is so deceiving; you cannot tell whether he is scoring 30 points, or no points. He plays like you want a competitor to play. He does not get mad or excited. He is going to be great for the future of our program."
- Jemere Hendrix set season-highs for points (8) and rebounds (6).
- Andre Patterson set a career-high with 16 points. His previous high was 13 against Arizona (3/13/2003) while at UCLA.
- Patterson also set a career-high with 7 field goals, bettering his previous high of 6.
- Vols shot a season-high 62.5 percent and shot more than 50-percent in three of the last four games, going 94-173 (.543). The previous high was 58.1 percent against Xavier.
- UT's 17-rebound margin is a season-high, bettering the nine against Wofford.
- Brandon Crump recorded four blocks, one shy of his career-high set against The Citadel (12/17/2003).
- Chris Lofton has made 11 of his last 12 field goals in the last two games, including 6-for-6 on 3-pointers. Over the last four games, he is 17-of-21 from the field and 12-of-15 on 3-pointers.