Vols Pull Away From Mississippi State, 72-57

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE  -- Tennessee secured its first SEC win of the season with a 72-57 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.

Jarnell Stokes posted his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Richardson (16), Jordan McRae (12) and Trae Golden (10) also scored in double-figures.

The Vols ended their four-game losing streak and moved to 9-7 overall and 1-3 in league play.

The Bulldogs (7-9, 2-2 SEC) were led by Knoxville native Jalen Steele, who had 15 points.

The Vols moved the ball well all afternoon as they posted a season-high 19 assists (on 28 baskets) with Golden notching the most by a Vol this season, nine.

Freshman guard Armani Moore corralled a career-high 11 rebounds, the most by a Vols' guard since Scotty Hopson had 11 vs. VCU on Nov. 24, 2010. Moore had eight rebounds in the first half alone to double his previous career-high of four.

Tennessee dominated down low outscoring the Bulldogs, 42-16 in the paint. UT also outscored MSU, 18-4, on points off turnovers.

The Vols held an eight-point halftime lead, 37-29 behind 11 points from Richardson and 10 from McRae. It was the first time all season the Vols had two players score in double-figures in the first half.

After a sluggish start to the second half, the Vols started to connect on 3-pointers as Skylar McBee combined with a pair of Derek Reese for three trifectas in a row for the Vols putting UT ahead, 48-37 with 14:35 left.

Dunks by McRae and Stokes pushed the Vols' lead to 52-39 with 12 minutes left. Then Reese bombed another 3-pointer for a 16-point bulge with 11:38 left.

Tennessee continued to pull away with Golden becoming the fourth Vol in double-figures with a layup at the 1:19 mark, giving UT its largest lead at 17, 72-55.

In the first half, the lead pushed to eight at 31-23 on a layup by Golden with 4:39 left in the half. Stokes' bucket gave the Vols their double-figure lead of the game, 37-27 with 1:23 left in the first half.

The game stood tied at 16 on a jumper by Steele with 10:52 left in the half. The Vols went on a 9-2 surge to take a 25-18 lead on a McRae layup with 7:30 left. Stokes' dunk with 9:44 left gave UT the lead for good.

Richardson scored seven of the Vols' first eight points as Tennessee jumped out to an 8-2 lead.

The Vols new football coaching staff led by head coach Butch Jones was introduced to the crowd during a timeout late in the first half. Former Vols baseball player Chase Headley, who led the National League in RBIs while playing with the San Diego Padres was also recognized at the game.

The Vols began a stretch of three home games in four overall contests with the Mississippi State game. UT travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m ET. That game will air on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Vol Network.

UT will host Alabama next Saturday at 2 p.m., also on ESPN2 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m., on ESPNU.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VISITORS: Mississippi State 7-9, 2-2 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Borchert,Colin...... f  0-7    0-2    0-0    1  4  5   2   0  3  1  2  0  23
20 Ware,Gavin.......... f  3-6    0-0    0-0    4  5  9   5   6  0  3  0  0  19
00 Steele,Jalen........ g  6-10   1-3    2-2    0  1  1   0  15  0  0  0  1  27
04 Bloodman,Trivante... g  2-4    0-1    5-5    2  1  3   3   9  2  3  0  2  33
32 Sword,Craig......... g  5-11   0-1    0-0    0  2  2   5  10  3  2  0  0  26
01 Thomas,Fred.........    4-9    2-3    4-5    2  2  4   1  14  2  0  0  0  26
24 Cunningham,Tyson....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  2  0  0  20
25 Johnson,Roquez......    1-9    0-2    1-2    1  2  3   0   3  1  2  0  0  26
   TEAM................                         2  1  3
   Totals..............   21-56   3-12  12-14  12 20 32  17  57 11 13  2  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-32 40.6%   2nd Half:  8-24 33.3%   Game: 37.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half: 11-12 91.7%   Game: 85.7%    2


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HOME TEAM: Tennessee 9-7, 1-3 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Stokes,Jarnell...... f  7-13   0-0    4-7    5  6 11   1  18  0  1  2  0  28
20 Hall,Kenny.......... f  0-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  1  0  0  0  14
01 Richardson,Josh..... g  6-9    1-2    3-3    0  2  2   2  16  1  2  1  1  29
13 McBee,Skylar........ g  1-3    1-3    0-0    0  1  1   0   3  1  0  0  1  27
52 McRae,Jordan........ g  5-12   2-5    0-0    2  0  2   4  12  3  4  1  0  33
00 Makanjuola,Yemi.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   0  0  0  0  0   6
03 Reese,Derek.........    3-5    3-5    0-0    0  2  2   1   9  0  1  0  0  12
04 Moore,Armani........    2-6    0-1    0-0    5  6 11   1   4  4  0  1  3  25
11 Golden,Trae.........    4-8    0-1    2-3    0  2  2   3  10  9  2  0  0  26
   TEAM................                         1  2  3             1
   Totals..............   28-60   7-17   9-13  14 23 37  15  72 19 11  5  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-29 51.7%   2nd Half: 13-31 41.9%   Game: 46.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  5-11 45.5%   Game: 41.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-6  83.3%   2nd Half:  4-7  57.1%   Game: 69.2%    2


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Officials: Mike Thibodeaux, John Heatly, Tracy Woodson
Technical fouls: Mississippi State-None. Tennessee-None.
Attendance: 17584
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Mississippi State.............   29   28  -   57
Tennessee.....................   37   35  -   72

Points in the paint-MS 16,UT 42. Points off turnovers-MS 4,UT 18.
2nd chance points-MS 16,UT 14. Fast break points-MS 8,UT 11.
Bench points-MS 17,UT 23. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-MS 2nd-01:03, UT 2nd-01:19.
Largest lead-MS by 1 1st-11:38, UT by 17 2nd-01:19.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


Holley Earns Low Pro Honors At Windstone

Tad Holley shot 69 Monday and earned low-pro honors in the Chattanooga Chapter TN PGA Pro-Am at the Windstone Golf Club. Monday's Results Low Professional: 1st: (69) Tad Holley 2nd: (70) Robin Boyer Professional Skins: #1 & #11 Brandon Merritt, #7 & #14 Tad Holley Low Amateur: (71) Matt Hadden & Jay Potter Amateurs Skins: #1 Jess Lee, #4 Mike D Johnson ... (click for more)

Lookouts End Losing Streak With 4-3 Win At Biloxi Monday

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Felix Jorge allowed just five hits over seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Biloxi Shuckers in a 4-3 win on Monday. Jorge (4-1) picked up the win after he struck out three and walked one while allowing three runs. T.J. White led the offense with two hits. Ryan Strausborger tripled and his eighth inning walk drove in the game-winning ... (click for more)

Woman Found In Trunk Of Wrecked Car In Hixson Had Been Shot Multiple Times

A woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car after a wreck on Norcross Road in Hixson on April 7 had been shot multiple times, it was testified on Tuesday. Charges that included criminal homicide were bound to the Grand Jury against  Joshua Mincy, 25. He was also charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm (convicted felon), ... (click for more)

Defense Attorney Wants To Take Jury To Scene Of 2015 Deadly I-75 Crash

Erin O'Leary of the public defender's office said Tuesday she wants to take the jury in the Benjamin Brewer case to the stretch of I-75 where six people were killed in a 2015 crash.   Judge Don Poole said a written motion should be filed on the request.   A jury will be picked on June 12 in Davidson County for the trial of the truck driver charged in a deadly ... (click for more)

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. To a great extent, Bradley and Polk Counties have benefited from that investment.   From February 2015 to February 2016, Cleveland/Bradley County led the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Public Defender And The Mental Health Court

I am holding in my hand a list of the names of 50 very real people who cost the taxpayers of Hamilton County a combined $3,037.090 in incarceration charges before July 2015. These people live in our county and I dare say it is not completely their fault that they were put in the county jail. Each has a professionally-diagnosed mental illness and today, most regretfully, the County ... (click for more)