Dec. 23, 2009
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "Our defense turned the corner a little bit tonight, we forced 34 turnovers, had 21 steals, the second-most in school history. We had 26 assists, and did a good job of making that extra pass. The three-point shooting is still a concern; we did not shoot well other than Skylar McBee and Renaldo Woolridge."
NORTH CAROLINA A & T HEAD COACH JERRY EAVES: "Tennessee played great that first 15 minutes. Their intensity was super, they put their hands on the ball, they were aggressive; they played great. Hats off to Coach Pearl for bouncing back from that USC loss.
"Honestly, for our group, I am proud of them. When you have been on the road as long as we have, it is just something you have to go through. It makes it very, very difficult. I am not mad at my guys at all. We were able to score 78 points, we kept playing, and they kept their heads up against a very good team in a hostile situation.
"I think it was beneficial for both teams. They got out of it what they needed for 15 minutes with their press. And I think my team continued playing and we got what we needed out of it."
- Tennessee's 21 steals marked the second-highest single-game total in school history, and most of Pearl era.
- Tennessee improves to 15-0 in December home games under Pearl.
- Tonight's game was the second time this season the Vols forced at least 30 turnovers (34).
- All 13 Vols who saw action in tonight's game recorded points.
- Freshmen Kenny Hall and McBee each set season-highs for scoring with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
- UT was led in scoring by Tyler Smith and Kenny Hall with 16 points each.
- The Vols scored 44 points off of turnovers tonight.