Dec. 23, 2010
Tennessee's one-point victory snapped a three-game skid, keeping the Vols from los¬ing four consecutive contests under Bruce Pearl for the first time. The last time the Vols lost four straight games was Jan. 19-Feb. 2, 2005, when UT dropped decisions at Louisville, vs. Kentucky, at Auburn and at Vanderbilt.
The Vols have led 10 of their 11 games at halftime and have been ahead by double-figures five times at intermission. UT's 22 first-half free throw attempts were a season-high.
The Vols are now 59-5 (.922) all-time during the Pearl era when holding opponents to 40 percent shooting or worse. Belmont was held to 35.7% shooting. Six of UT's 11 opponents this season have shot worse than 36 percent from the field.
Belmont redshirt freshman Blake Jenkins is the son of former Vols guard Fred Jen¬kins (1983-87), who averaged double-figure scoring in all four seasons and finished his career as UT's all-time leader in steals (177). He held that mark for 15 seasons and currently stands fifth.
The Vols shot 37 free throws compared to Belmont's 10 attempts. UT's 27 more free throw attempts marks the biggest disparity between FTA's in a Vols' game this season.
Junior guard Scotty Hopson's game-winning lay-up with under 10 seconds remain¬ing was UT's first game-winning shot in the closing seconds since Hopson hit a jump shot inside the three-point line to lift the Vols over Florida (1/31/10), 61-60.
Belmont leading scorer Ian Clark (12.5 ppg) was held to a season-low six points.
Belmont shot a UT opponent season-low 22.9 percent (8-35) from three-point range.
Can't Stop Hop(son)
Junior guard Scotty Hopson (Hopkinsville, Ky.) scored Tennessee's final nine points en route to a game-high 19. Hopson has led UT in scoring a team-high six times this season.
Hopson's eight free throw makes and nine attempts were career highs. Hopson hasn't missed more than one free throw since a Nov. 26 win vs. Villanova, when he converted 5-of-8.
Tobias Stars As The Grinch
Freshman forward Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five steals, which ranks as the most by a Vol in an individual game this season. Harris also swatted a career-best three shots, matching a UT individual high recorded twice by John Fields.
Harris was UT's second-leading scorer with 17 points, including career highs in free throw conversions (8). He also attempted a personal-high 10. Harris has scored in double-figures in 10 of his first 11 career games.
Goins Gives And Takes
Senior point guard Melvin Goins (San Diego, Calif.) notched three steals of his own, the fourth time this season that Goins forced at least a trio of turnovers.
Goins led the team with five assists, the fifth time he's led UT this season.
Senior center Brian Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Vols with eight rebounds, the second straight time and sixth overall that he's led UT on the glass this season.
Junior guard Cameron Tatum (Lithonia, Ga.) scored five points and has at least reached that figure in every game this season. Tatum has nailed at least one three-point field goal in nine of 11 contests this season.
The Sixth Man
McRae No Scrooge Off The Bench
Freshman guard Jordan McRae (Midway, Ga.) played for the first time since a vic¬tory at Pittsburgh. McRae posted career highs in minutes (19), points (6), rebounds (4), and blocks (3).
Freshman point guard Trae Golden (Powder Springs, Ga.) handed out three assists, reaching that figure for the fifth time in 11 games this season.
Maymon Assists On The Glass
Sophomore forward Jeronne Maymonn (Madison, Wis.) pulled down five re¬bounds, to lead all players off the bench in that category.