February 8, 2012
McBee rallies Vols, Stokes sits
At the half Wednesday night in Tennessee's 69-57 win over South Carolina, junior guard Skylar McBee, making his second career start, had 11 of the Vols 35 points. Those 11 points came in the final three minutes and included three straight three pointers helping turn a two point deficit into an 8 point half time lead.
"He is a guy that makes shots," head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "He's a guy build to shoot the ball. I think he's a good basketball player. But he's a guy who can shoot the ball and that's his role."
McBee finished with a career high 18 points and his 4 three pointers made was a career high in SEC play.
"When you hit one or two, your confidence gets a boost and you let it fly," McBee admitted. "You don't really think about whether it's going in or not and that's kind of what happened.
"I thought we did a good job of moving the ball around. On the last one, Jeronne (Maymon) did a good job setting me a flare screen and we did a good job working the zone and I got some good looks."
The junior Maymon said it was a simply a matter of getting McBee some open space.
"Skylar shoots in the flow of the game. He doesn't want to shoot too quickly in the shot clock or anything like that. When he's at home he feels so free to shoot the ball and we are going to screen for him and get him open"
McBee admitted getting into the flow of the game offensively took more time than usual because of South Carolina's unorthodox match-up zone.
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