Aug. 12, 2012
Republic of San Marino -- The Tennessee basketball team found itself trying to make the best of an awkward situation Sunday during the third of four exhibition games here in Europe.
The Volunteers (3-0) defeated BC Zeta Golubovci 126-44 at San Marino's Multieventi Sports-Domus, but UT head coach Cuonzo Martin made every effort to maintain a level of sportsmanship and respect for the opponent.
Martin requested to have a running clock during the third and fourth quarters, and he also strayed from his staunch defensive principles and employed a zone defense in the second half as well.
Still, the Vols had too much athleticism, length and strength to prevent the lead from growing until the final buzzer.
"Our guys did a good job of playing hard because it's tough when you get out in front of an opponent like that early. You have a tendency to let up mentally,"UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "And we want to do everything in our power to have great sportsmanship. In the second half, we wanted to have a running clock so the game didn't get out of hand."
Sophomore Brandon Lopez, a guard from Knoxville, Tenn., led the team in assists with six and shared team-high rebounding honors with Chievous, as each of them pulled down eight boards.
Returning second-team All-SEC forward Jeronne Maymon came off the bench to see his first action of UT's current 10-day tour. The senior had been held out of action during the team's first two exhibition contests for precautionary reasons following off-season knee surgery.
Maymon totaled two points, one rebound, one assist and a steal in very limited action.
Fellow senior post Kenny Hall also played Sunday after not seeing the floor in Friday's win. The Stone Mountain, Ga., product finished with 10 points.
Senior sharpshooter Skylar McBee got hot in the second half. McBee nailed a deep two-pointer early in the third quarter and then rattled off three consecutive 3-pointers in a two-minute span during which Tennessee stopped feeding the post and instead worked the ball around the perimeter while letting time run off the clock. McBee finished with 11 points.
Moore, McBee, Edwards, Chievous and Makanjuola started for the Big Orange.
Tennessee departs San Marino for Lake Como Monday morning. The squad's fourth and final exhibition game of the tour comes Tuesday night against Amici del Campetto (2 p.m. ET).
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