Dec. 21, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The Vols lead the all-time series 7-1, all of the games have been played in Knoxville.
The win was the 300th in Thompson-Boling Arena for the Vols, Tennessee is 300-104 (.743) all-time in the arena, since its opening in 1987.
The win extends the Vols' active home win streak to five games.
The Vols are now 3-0 in their current six-game homestand.
The win improves the Vols to 74-9 (.892) against current members of the Southern Conference.
Today's attendance was 15,109.
FOR STARTERS Kenny Hall, who did not suit up for the Presbyterian game, returned to the starting line up against Western Carolina. The Vols have had the same starting rotation for 9 of 10 games.
G Trae Golden, G Skyler McBee, G Josh Richardson, F Jarnell Stokes and C Kenny Hall.
TOUGH D UT has held a team to 60 points or less in five of the last six games.
Martin's Vols have held 22 teams to fewer than 30 first-half points including the Catamounts who tallied just 18 tonight in the first half.
The Vols' three-point defense entering the game was .265 (36-of-136).Tonight the Vols allowed just two three pointers (2-of-12).
On the season the Vols are (.257) holding their opponents to (38-of-148 three-point shooting).
THREE-FOR Coming off of an impressive first half against Presbyterian, the Vols were just 3-of-21 (14.3 %) in the first half against Western Carolina.
The last time the Vols had just three field goals in a half was on Nov. 22, 2006 against Butler at Madison Square Garden when No. 22 UT was 3-of-29 (10.3%) in the second half en route to a 56-44 loss.
Western Carolina's foul trouble kept the Vols in the game in the first half, despite not hitting a field goal for 10 minutes and 26 seconds. The Vols were 16-of-20 from the charity stripe and led 22-18 at the half.
DOUBLE-FIGURES Four Vols finished in double-figures against the Catamounts as Jordan McRae led the way with 14 points, Jarnell Stokes and Josh Richardson netted 12, and Trae Golden finished up with 10 points.
It was the 20th time in his career and sixth time this season McRae notched double figures, 14th career, 6th season for Stokes, fifth career and third this season for Richardson and 34th career and eighth of the season for Golden.
HAPPY HALL-IDAYS While celebrating the Vol-idays at the basketball game tonight, Kenny Hall set a new career high taking down 13 boards while tallying nine points.
Hall bested his previous career high of 12 rebounds against Pittsburgh on Dec. 3, 2011.
TIS THE SEASON - HIGHS Josh Richardson tied his career-high for points finishing with 12 tying his previous high of 12 set against UNC Asheville on Nov. 15, 2012.
A GAME OF RUNS Tennessee had scoreless streaks of 4:32 and 3:50 in the first half, not making a field goal for 10:26, but used its free throw shooting to keep them in the game and helped them lead 22-18 at the half.
In the second half, it was the Catamounts that were unable to score, not making a shot from 9:01-3:54 (5:07) while the Vols went on a 12-0 run.
UP NEXT The Vols will break for Christmas, but when they return they will take part in their fourth of six home games taking on Xavier Saturday, December 29 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
UT'S RECORD WHEN... The Vols are now 7-1 on the season when leading at halftime.
The Vols are 5-1 on the year when outrebounding their opponents. The Vols outrebounded Presbyterian 45-30 on the night.
This is the first game, the Vols bench has not outscored their opponents this season as Western Carolina finished with 20 points to UT's 16.
The Vols had the edge in second-chance points though, besting WCU 17-2 thanks in part to 15 offensive rebounds.