Scores

Final

Appalachian St 81

(3-4, 0-1 Southern)

Tennessee 89

(5-0, 5-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2005

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    APP 46 3581
    TENN 48 4189

    Top Performers

    Appalachian St: D. McLaughlin-Williams 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Tennessee: C. Watson 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Tennessee 89, Appalachian St. 81

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- C.J. Watson scored 23 points and Chris Lofton added 15 as Tennessee held off Appalachian State 89-81 Tuesday night.

    The Mountaineers (3-4) led by 12 in the first half, but Tennessee (5-0) had a long rally to regain the lead and maintained it most of the rest of the game.

    The Vols are off to their best start since 2000-01, Jerry Green's last season, when the Vols began 9-0. But their next two games are on the road at No. 2 Texas on Dec. 17 and Oklahoma State on Dec. 22.

    Tennessee pulled away with a late 9-0 run to go ahead 81-71 with 5:12 left, but Appalachian State scored seven quick points to threaten the lead. Then Watson nailed his fifth 3-pointer of the game to stop the spurt with 3:17 to go. He sank four free throws in the final 1:23 to seal it.

    Douglass McLaughlin-Williams scored a career-high 21 points for Appalachian State and was 6-of-6 shooting before missing a putback with 10½ minutes left. He finished 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

    Major Wingate and Stanley Asumnu each scored 12 points and Andre Patterson had 11, and Dane Bradshaw added 10 rebounds for Tennessee.

    The Vols trailed 41-29 after D.J. Thompson's 3-pointer with 6:14 left before halftime and then got aggressive and scrappy in a 19-2 run to finish the half and regain the lead.

    Watson hit a 3 and Wingate dunked to start the rally, and Jordan Howell tied it with another 3-pointer and then dove to the ground to secure a loose ball that led to Asumnu's three-point play to take the lead at 46-43 with 2:07 left in the first half.

    The Mountaineers made seven of their first eight 3-point attempts and finish 11-of-24 in 3-pointers. The Vols were 11-of-21 from beyond the arc.

    Appalachian State also had 14 points from Thompson, 13 points by Jarvis Jackson and 10 from Tyler Webb.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    APP
    TENN
    Points 81 89
    FG Made-Attempted 28-58 (.483) 33-61 (.541)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-24 (.458) 11-21 (.524)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-17 (.824) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 10

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