November 9, 2012
Vols start hot, coast to opening win
Tennessee got the 2012-13 season started in fine fashion, riding a hot shooting night to a 76-67 win over visiting Kennesaw State. The Vols opened up a huge lead early in the second half, took their foot off the gas a little more than Cuonzo Martin would have liked to have seen, and coasted home with their first win of the season.
Though Martin famously stresses defense first, it was his team's offense that jumped out on this night, especially in the first half. Tennessee shot the lights out in the first 20 minutes, shooting 70% from the floor (17-of-24), and while they cooled off considerably after the break, the Vols still finished the night at a 60.5% from the floor.
Skylar McBee and Jordan McRae, who came off the bench, led the Vols with 14 points each and hit all seven of Tennessee's three-pointers, finishing a combined 7-of-11 behind the arc.
Kenny Hall, who missed the final 13 games last season, returned with a flourish, finishing with 13 points and a team high six rebounds while hitting 5-of-6 from the floor. Jarnell Stokes had one of the most versatile showings of his young career, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting while leading the team with five assists and five steals.
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