Dec. 29, 2005

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TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "Lipscomb is a well-coached basketball team. They are very well prepared after having 10 days to get ready for us. I thought our kids did a good job of getting ready on one day of preparation. When you hold your opponent to 36 percent shooting and force 21 turnovers, that says something about our effort. Fatigue was a factor. We were tired tonight. We played seven guys for double-digit minutes.

"Chris Lofton made those two shots early. They did a good job of switching out on him. He did not do a good job of getting open.

"We need to turn people over. We are not going to be a great rebounding team. We are just not big enough. I knew it was going to be a low-scoring game because that is how Lipscomb plays. They wore us out a little bit guarding them.

"The crowd really helped us survive this basketball game. The crowd gave us a lot of energy. Two straight crowds of almost 16,000 during Christmas break is really good."

LIPSCOMB HEAD COACH SCOTT SANDERSON: "We got tired (in the second half), we got fatigued and we did not get much bench help. We turned it over nine times in the first 10 minutes, whereas we turned it over only five times in the whole first half. There is no defense for turnovers on the perimeter. If they want to run their half-court offense against our half-court defense, I will take our chances. But if we turn the ball over on the perimeter, we cannot defend against that.

"We think we are a good team defensively. We pride ourselves on half-court defense and on getting back in transition. We did a good job on Chris Lofton (six points), but I told our coaches at the 10-minute mark we were too tired to get over the hump.

"Shaun Durant is a warrior. Their big guys had size and length on him a little bit. Most nights he is going to be very, very solid. He did not play particularly well tonight, but that is just part of it."



Game Notes

  • C.J. Watson set a career-best going 13-for-14 from the free throw line. The last time a Vol made 10 free throws was Scooter McFadgon (13-of-13) against Auburn 2/28/2004.
  • Major Wingate made his first career 3-pointer in the first half. He was 0-for-3 from beyond the arc this season.
  • Wingate also tied his career-high with three blocks. It is the third time in his career he had three.
  • The Vols have recorded at least 10 steals in each of the last five games.


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