December 21, 2012
Richardson sparks Vols, notes
Up just 22-18 over Western Carolina after a first half in which they shot just 14% from the floor, it was obvious to everyone in the building that Tennessee needed an offensive spark in the second half on Friday night. What wasn't obvious to anyone was that the spark would come from sophomore Josh Richardson, who at halftime, had just two points and hadn't connected on either of his two field goal attempts in the first 20 minutes.
Richardson, along with just about everyone else on the Vols' roster, bounced back in the second half. As a team Tennessee shot 53% in the second half and had nine assists on 14 made baskets. Richardson's solo effort was even better.
He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor in the second half, scoring 10 of his 12 points after the break. He was also a key cog in the 18-2 spurt late in the game that buried the visitors and allowed Tennessee to cruise to a 14 point win.
Richardson helped to key that run with two driving lay-ups, and he would have set a career high in points if he'd managed to knock down a pair of meaningless free throws in the closing moments of the game.
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