November 15, 2012
Vols survive opener in Puerto Rico
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Tennessee (2-0) didn't let the sun and fun of Puerto Rico distract them from taking care of business against UNC-Asheville on Thursday afternoon. The Vols got by the Bulldogs 75-68 and will move on to face Oklahoma State in Friday's semi-finals.
Tennessee rode a balanced and efficient offensive effort to the win today, putting . five different players in double-digits while shooting 50% from the floor as a team.
The story of the game form the Tennessee side was the inside presence of Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall who combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds to set the tone.
Stokes led the way with a double-double, going for 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hall had one of the more accomplished outings of his career with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Trae Golden also had 14 points and did some solid work at the foul line late to ensure no miracle comeback was in the cards for the underdogs. Jordan McRae provided a spark off the bench for the second straight game with 12 points, included going 2-for-2 from three point range while Josh Richardson notched a career-high with 12 points.
"It was a good job by our guys on the offensive end. When Jarnell went out of the game Kenny Hall found ways to score the basketball. The post guys did a good job down there. I thought Trae did a good job of finding guys and making plays. When we get that kind of balance it's hard for the other team to key on one or two guys," Cuonzo Martin said after the opening round win.
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