Aug. 14, 2012
The Tennessee basketball team rolled to a 109-59 win over Amici del Campetto at Pala Borsani here in Castellanza Tuesday.
Second-year UT head coach Cuonzo Martin asked officials to switch to a running clock for the game's final eight minutes.
The win gave the Volunteers an unblemished 4-0 record on their 10-day, four-game tour through Italy. Tennessee's average margin of victory in those wins was 49.3 points per game.
"It's a great finish to what we started and the guys did a good job of staying in tune from the start to finish of each game," UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "We have a lot of guys that can play together. A lot of our guys got minutes and gained a lot of confidence so it was a fun thing to be a part of".
In Tuesday's rout, senior guard Sklyar McBee made 6-of-9 shots from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 20 points.
As he had done throughout the tour, junior newcomer D'Montre Edwards crashed the glass hard Tuesday, pulling down a team-best 13 rebounds off the bench.
McRae and junior point guard Trae Golden shared team assists honors with four each. The Vols racked up 22 total assists on the night.
Martin went with a starting lineup that included Golden, McRae, Richardson, Stokes and Jeronne Maymon.
Maymon, who sat out the first two games of the tour for precautionary reasons (knee, ankle), saw his most extensive action Tuesday. The Madison, Wis., native tallied six points, three rebounds and a steal.
Other scorers for Tennessee: McRae (9 points), Edwards (6 points), Murphy (6 points), Stokes (6 points) and Golden (4 points).
BEFORE THE GAME Tennessee began Tuesday with a guided cruise of beautiful Lake Como.
For four Vols -- Quinton Chievous, Yemi Makanjuola, Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes -- Thursday's cruise marked their first-ever boat ride. That reality further solidified what a wonderful life experience an international trip like Tennessee's current 10-day Italian tour can be for student-athletes.
World famous actor, director and philanthropist George Clooney, an American, owns a lavish villa along the Lake Como shoreline. As the boat carrying UT's team and staff approached Clooney's villa, a helicopter passed directly overhead and landed on the property. Though nobody on board the boat ever laid eyes on Clooney himself, the tour guide suggested it was likely that Clooney was on the aircraft (he had been spending time in the area with his girlfriend recently), and as the boat passed his villa, the rotors of the helicopter could be seen above the hedges.
The Vols also passed a luxurious villa owned by Virgin Megastores founder and entrepreneur Richard Branson. The tour guide stated that Branson's villa could be rented for 70,000 Euros per day.
For lunch, the boat stopped at the village of Bellagio, and the Vols wandered the streets of the town looking for places to eat or shop.
The team was given a few hours to do as it pleased upon its return to Como before reconvening for the pregame meal.
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