Tennessee Takes Holiday Break on High Note Following 79-61 Win Over Tennessee Tech

Dec. 22, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brandon Crump scored 20 points and John Winchester added a career-high 13 points to help Tennessee beat Tennessee Tech 79-61 Monday night.

The Volunteers (6-1) trailed twice in the first half but never relinquished the lead after starting the second half with a 15-5 run.

The Golden Eagles (5-4) kept trying to cut the lead but could only get as close as 13 after halftime.

Tennessee was playing without Scooter McFadgon, the team's leading scorer at 17.8 points a game and best 3-point shooter. He was scratched from the starting lineup before the game because of a shoulder injury, and team officials didn't immediately have details on his injury.

Winchester started in place of McFadgon on the perimeter and surpassed his career high by two points, scoring all of his points in the first half.

Stanley Asumnu, who scored only three points in the first half, had all the highlights in the second half and finished with 12. He had two key plays during an 11-0 run after Tennessee Tech's Cameron Crisp cut it to 59-46 with 11:29 remaining.

Asumnu stole the ball from Crisp on the Golden Eagles' next possession and cruised to the basket for an easy layup.

Tennessee Tech's Johnathan Jones missed two free throws at the other end and Major Wingate blocked a rebound. The ball was passed ahead to Asumnu, who rushed toward the goal and dunked with one hand.

Willie Jenkins, a transfer from Massachusetts, led Tennessee Tech with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Crisp added 17 points.

Tennessee is 19-1 all-time against the Ohio Valley Conference school in nearby Cookeville.

Tennessee, which shot 50.8 percent from the field, led by five points at halftime after fighting hard to stay ahead.

The Golden Eagles took a 22-20 lead with 9:59 left in the first half on Jenkins' basket, but Tennessee went on a 13-2 run to take its biggest lead of the half.

It didn't faze Tennessee Tech, which cut the Vols' lead to 36-34 with an 8-1 run.

Winchester hit a 3 with 2:20 left in the first half to give Tennessee a 39-34 lead.





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