Dec. 22, 2003
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson
"I'm proud of the way the entire team really rallied around each other, with Scooter McFadgon out of the game because of a shoulder injury. His injury didn't seem that bad, but all of sudden he couldn't go.
"John Winchester stepped up and made five baskets, and Stanley Asumnu put a lot of pressure on the Tennessee Tech defense. We banded together and played what I thought was a terrific game under the circumstances.
"This is a Tennessee Tech team that played both Kentucky and Vanderbilt well. I'm happy to reach this point of our season, with our 6-1 record. I hope we'll build on our consistency.
"Stanley Asumnu has his confidence going now, and he knows what he has to do - he's very aggressive. Overall our defensive effort has shown great consistency. We are going to have X-rays taken tonight on Scooter McFadgon to see what is bothering his left shoulder; I hope he will be back on the floor when we return from our Christmas break. Good teams win at home; great teams win on the road. We want to be great, and we want to come back with fire in our eyes."
TENNESSEE TECH HEAD COACH MIKE SUTTON
"Tennessee is a good team. We tried to take away some things, and did a good job. One area where we didn't do so well was in free-throw shooting, where they score with the clock stopped. They always shoot a lot of free throws here.
"Willie Jenkins has been playing against bigger guys, and has gotten a lot of minutes at center. Brandon Crump is as big as he is, and is just as athletic. Tennessee's size bothers you. We didn't have the bench like they do, and they were tough inside. Willie Jenkins had a double-double; he and Ben Jacobson played as well as they could. We have to get Ben Jacobson and Leigh Gayden back.
"We just have to get better and go back to our regular rotation. Brandon Crump got 20 points, but I didn't think we played him badly. When you play on the road, you have to play a high-quality and mistake-free game. We didn't have that many turnovers, but there were missed box-outs and missed traps.