Vol Hoops Central: Vanderbilt

Feb. 11, 2013

Feb. 13, 2013   |   8 p.m. ET
Memorial Gym   |   Nashville, Tenn.

  • Tennessee staved off Vanderbilt's last-minute rally to earn a 58-57 victory Jan. 29 at Thompson-Boling Arena in front of a crowd of 16,391.
  • Jarnell Stokes led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The final minute of the game came down to the wire between the in-state rivals. Skylar McBee hit the first of two free throws to give the Vols a 58-54 lead with 52 seconds left when Vanderbilt launched its final comeback attempt.
  • James Siakam tipped in a shot to cut the Vols' lead to 58-57 with 28.2 seconds remaining. Vandy then regained possession off a missed UT free throw and ran down the clock to five seconds. Kedren Johnson then drove for a final layup down the left side but missed. Kevin Bright missed on a putback attempt that bounced off the rim just before time expired.

  • Walk-on guard Brandon Lopez contributed down the stretch after Trae Golden left the game with a right hamstring injury. Lopez played 10 minutes and had three assists and two rebounds.
  • Vanderbilt went scoreless for the first 6:47 of the game, as Tennessee built a 12-0 lead. During that stretch, Stokes scored seven points to lead the Vols. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, committed four turnovers and was 0-for-4 shooting.
  • Tennessee led 27-23 at halftime. The Vols looked to be pulling away early in the second half, but Vanderbilt mustered a 9-0 run to tie the game at 52-52 on a 3-pointer by Sheldon Jeter at the 6:00 mark.
  • Johnson led Vanderbilt with 14 points, and Josh Henderson added 13.

  • Sophomore power forward Jarnell Stokes is the reigning SEC Player of the Week.
  • The Memphis, Tenn., native is riding a streak of five straight double-doubles, and he has a double-double in six of UT's last seven games (nine total this year).

  • Stokes is the reigning SEC Player of the Week.
  • No SEC player has more than Stokes' nine double-doubles this season (Murphy Holloway of Ole Miss and Johnny O'Bryant III of LSU also have nine).

  • Vanderbilt sophomore guard Kedren Johnson's father, Curtis Johnson, played baseball at Tennessee.
  • Curtis Johnson lettered as an outfielder for the Vols in 1982 and 1983.

  • Curtis Johnson was UT teammates with eventual big-leaguers Alan Cockrell, Rich DeLucia and Rich Rodriguez.

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