Dec. 21, 2010
Tonight's loss extended the Vols' losing streak to three games, marking just the second time in the Bruce Pearl era that UT has dropped three consecutive decisions and the first time since a three-game skid, Jan. 10-28, 2007.
The Vols' 38-32 halftime deficit marked the first time that Tennessee has trailed at the break this season.
Each of UT's past two losses have come by one point. The last time the Vols lost two games by a point in a single season was 2001-02, when they lost 73-72, to Louisville and 92-91, to Mississippi. Miscellaneous
Tennessee football head coach Derek Dooley was in attendance this evening, sitting behind the UT bench with his son, John Taylor.
USC used separate unanswered single-digit runs of 7-0 and 6-0 in the first 13 min¬utes of the game to build a 23-15 lead. The Vols responded with eight consecutive points of their own to tie the knot at 23. After UT took a 28-27 lead, the Trojans closed the first half with an 11-4 run to take a 38-32 lead into intermission.
The first and second halves started exactly the same, with a Brian Williams' bucket in the paint. It marked the second time this season that Williams has scored UT's first points of the game.
Tennessee faced its largest deficit, 10 points, of the season twice this evening. The Vols were behind, 21-11, in the first half and 44-34, in the second half.
The Vols are now 4-3 against USC all-time after losing to the Trojans in consecutive seasons.
UT tied a season low with 12 personal fouls.
USC head coach Kevin O'Neill's first-half technical foul was the first for a UT op¬ponent this season.
Tobias Goes To Work
Freshman forward Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) led the Vols in scoring for the fourth time this season with 14 points. Only Scotty Hopson has accomplished the feat more, with a team-high five games as UT's points leader.
Senior center Brian Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Vols in rebounds a team-high fifth time this evening with nine. Seven of those came by halftime, despite playing 11 minutes due to foul trouble (two).
Williams' effort on the glass marked the fourth time this season that he's grabbed at least nine boards.
Junior guard Cameron Tatum (Lithonia, Ga.) drained a pair of three-point field goals and all four of his free throws en route to 12 points. Tatum has hit at least two three-pointers six times this season. Tatum was also UT's second-leading rebounder with seven, while chipping in three assists, tied for the team lead. Hopson Hits The Freebies
Junior guard Scotty Hopson (Hopkinsville, Ky.) scored six of his eight points from the free throw line, connecting on all of his attempts from the charity stripe. His six free throw conversions are a career high. He had previously nailed five free throws five times this season.
For the second time in three games, Hopson was limited to one field goal. Hopson found other ways to contribute, hauling down four rebounds and tying a season-high to lead the Vols with two assists. Go, Go, Goins
Senior point guard Melvin Goins (San Diego, Calif.) provided UT with its third scorer in double figures with 10 points. For the fourth time, Goins matched a season best with five rebounds.
Goins also tied for the team lead with three assists.
The Sixth Man
Maymon's TBA Debut
In his first home game at Tennessee, Jeronne Maymon (Madison, Wis.) tied as the Vols' leading scorer off the bench with four points. Maymon also added three rebounds in just nine minutes of action.
Fields Leads Block Party
For the sixth time this season, senior forward John Fields (Fayetteville, N.C.) posted multiple blocks, this effort with two. Fields also had four points and four rebounds while playing a UT-high 14 minutes off the bench.