Boxscore
Tennessee 65, Savannah State 51
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Officials - Jeff Anderson, James Breeding, Alfred Smith
Attendance - 6289

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Savannah State 24 27 51
Tennessee 32 33 65

Recap


Tennessee 65, Savannah State 51: Freshman Jarnell Stokes scored 13 points as the Volunteers pulled away for a first-round NIT win in Knoxville.

Tennessee (19-14) advances to face Middle Tennessee State or Marshall in the second round. The Volunteers, who narrowly missed a NCAA tournament berth, won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Down 17 points in the first half, Savannah State (21-12) made it interesting in the second half. Preston Blackman’s jumper brought the Tigers within 37-35 with 13:12 remaining.

Tennessee then opened up the lead again with a 12-2 run. Josh Richardson scored six points during the run, and Stokes’ jumper with 8:09 to go gave the Volunteers a 49-37 advantage.

The Volunteers started quickly, scoring the game’s first 11 points and building a 26-9 advantage on two Yemi Makanjuola free throws with 7:16 remaining in the first half. The Tigers cut into the lead, finishing the half with a 15-6 run to pull within 32-24 at halftime.

Trae Golden added 11 points for Tennessee, and Makanjuola scored 10 points.

Rashad Hassan led the Tigers with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Game Notebook: Tennessee played without forward Jeronne Maymon, who missed the game with a knee injury. … Hassan recorded his third double-double of the season. … Tennessee finished 19-for-26 from the free-throw line, while Savannah State shot just 6-for-14.
 
   

Savannah State Tigers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Preston Blackmon 30:00 5-14 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 4 0 2 0 14
Rashad Hassan 33:00 9-19 0-1 2-4 1 13 14 0 4 0 2 2 20
Deric Rudolph 28:00 0-5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Cedric Smith 30:00 0-2 0-0 0-3 2 4 6 3 0 5 1 0 0
Jyles Smith 13:00 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 1 0
Arnold Louis 17:00 3-7 0-0 1-3 4 2 6 1 4 0 2 1 7
Patrick Hendley 8:00 1-2 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 3
Joshua Montgomery 19:00 2-8 0-2 1-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 0 5
Keierre Richards 8:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Wilson 5:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Richard Conner 9:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 21-64 3-15 6-14 12 26 38 13 23 6 10 4 51
  32.8% 20.0% 42.9% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 10

Tennessee Volunteers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Trae Golden 34:00 2-7 1-1 6-8 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 0 11
Skylar McBee 27:00 3-5 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 1 2 0 9
Yemi Makanjuola 16:00 2-5 0-0 6-7 2 6 8 1 2 0 0 2 10
Jarnell Stokes 29:00 5-7 0-0 3-4 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 3 13
Cameron Tatum 32:00 1-5 0-1 2-4 1 8 9 5 3 1 5 0 4
Renaldo Woolridge 9:00 1-6 0-1 0-0 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan McRae 27:00 2-6 0-1 2-3 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 0 6
Josh Richardson 24:00 5-9 0-2 0-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 10
Dwight Miller 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-50 4-10 19-27 7 33 40 11 14 3 12 5 65
  42.0% 40.0% 70.4% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 12
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