Tennessee's Late Push Not Enough To Overcome Xavier, 67-63

First Season-Opening Loss For Vols Since 1999; McRae Scores 23

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Tennessee suffered its first loss in a season opener this millennium, falling at Xavier, 67-63, Tuesday night. The Vols had won 14 consecutive season openers dating to 1999.

Tennessee hit a flurry of 3-pointers in the final minute, but it wasn't enough.

 

Senior Wooden Award Candidate

html">Jordan McRae led all scorers with 23 points. Junior Josh Richardson added 13 points and Antonio Barton tallied 10 points, all in the second half, in his Vols' debut.

 

In his return to action after missing the entire 2012-13 season Jeronne Maymon had seven points and 10 rebounds.

 

Xavier (2-0) was led by Semaj Christon's 18 while Matt Stainbrook scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds in his second game at Xavier after transferring from Western Michigan. Myles Davis's free throws sealed the win for Xavier as he scored 11, with 5-of-6 free throws in the final minutes.

 

Down by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the first half, Tennessee overcame a sluggish start to heat up in the second half, as the Vols got within two points early in the period.

 

But Tennessee couldn't overcome poor free throw shooting (7-of-19) in the game.

 

Junior Wooden Award Candidate Jarnell Stokes was in foul trouble all night and fouled out of the game with 2:40 left in regulation after playing just 19 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds.

 

The Vols made a late push as Richardson's 3-pointer spun around the rim and dropped in with 42.9 left on the clock and cutting the Vols deficit to 61-57.

 

Xavier missed several free throws in the final minute to keep the Vols' hopes alive. McRae nailed a 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left and cutting the score to one possession at 63-60. Myles Davis' pair of free throws with 13.0 seconds pushed the lead back to five (65-60). McRae then again canned a 3-pointer to make it a one score game at 65-63.

 

Davis knocked down a pair of foul shots with 4.5 seconds left to secure the win for the final of 67-63.

 

Xavier took a 10-point lead at 60-50 on an Isaiah Philmore free throws with 2:40 left in the second half.

 

After seeing their lead cut to two, Xavier slowly regained a multi-possession lead midway through the second half. Stainbrook's put back layup gave the Musketeers a 52-44 lea with 6:41 left in the half.

 

The Vols connected on three field goals in a 40-second span to get back within three at 37-34 with 14 minutes left in the second half. Barton's first 3-pointer as a Vol cut the deficit to 39-37, the closest UT had been since trailing 2-0.

 

Tennessee trailed Xavier, 27-20 at halftime as the Vols shot just 26.7 percent in the first half, making 8-of-30 from the floor. UT made only 3-of-12 free throws, but played tough defense to trail by only seven. The Vols were thankful for McRae's late production as he led all scorers in the first half with 13 points and was 5-of-10 from the floor.

 

Early foul trouble forced Stokes to the bench after playing just five minutes in the first half.

Neither team scored for a span of 3:55 until Myles Davis knocked down a short jumper for Xavier to put the Musketeers on top 12-3.

 

Tennessee started 1-of-17 from the floor and went 6:12 without a point and 7:24 without a field goal in the first half. McRae finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer with 9:04 left in the first half, that cut the deficit to 14-9.

 

Only two Vols scored points over the first 15 minutes of the game: McRae (6) and Maymon (3) as the Vols trailed 19-9.

 

The Vols return to Knoxville to open their home slate against South Carolina-Upstate on Saturday at 7 p.m. That game airs on SportSouth and can be heard on the Vol Network.

 


PHOTOS: CFC Suffers 2-1 Steinbrecher Cup Overtime Loss

Dalton State Women Finish Finish 6th In Final NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll

Dalton State finished with a No. 6 ranking in the postseason edition of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office. The Roadrunners had finished 10 th in the rain-shortened NAIA National Championship at Savannah Quarters Golf and Country Club in Pooler. It was the first time in the 22-year history of the championship that it was finished ... (click for more)

Child Bitten By Dog In Bradley County

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child who was bitten by a dog. While saturating an area in Bradley County, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway with a child not restrained and sitting in a passenger’s lap inside the vehicle. Once the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed a child bleeding which was the result of a dog bite. ... (click for more)

Man Rescued From The Pocket Wilderness On Sunday

Rescue personnel started the Memorial Holiday weekend at the Pocket Wilderness hiking trails on Sunday morning. A man had been camping on the trails with friends Saturday night when the accident occurred. They had been gathering branches for firewood when he tripped and fell on a branch which impaled his thigh. With no cell service and having no daylight, the group waited ... (click for more)

Fruit Basket Turnover

I have been teaching for 21 years now, so I’ve been through my share of school leaders. Every one of them taught me something important. Whether it was Don Bishop from Red Bank High School who, after almost 30 years at Red Bank, taught me to invest in the longevity of my career, Wade Kelly who taught me to thoroughly weigh options before making a decision, Gail Chuy who taught me ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

I have seen a lot of human beings who have gotten themselves in terrible messes in my time and more self-induced agony than I want to recall. Will Rogers famously said, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself.” That’s the truth and if you ever didn’t think that “Politics corrupts,” consider the genius behind the line, “It ain’t long those who get elected … begin to think ... (click for more)