7:30 PM ET, December 23, 2010
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl made sure his players didn't leave the locker room feeling too happy heading into their holiday break.The Volunteers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) finally ended a three-game losing skid with a 66-65 win over Belmont on Thursday night but blew a 13-point lead and needed a layup by Scotty Hopson with 5.7 seconds left to get the victory."That was certainly a win that we needed, but it's not one that I feel great about," Pearl said after spending more time than usual in the locker room following the game. "That was not a happy locker room. I want them coming back right and ready."
• Scotty Hopson scored the Volunteers' final nine points, including the game-winning layup.
• Hopson scored a game-high 19 points. He averaged 9.3 PPG on 8-31 (25.8 pct) shooting in his previous 3 games.
• This is the third straight game decided by one point for the Volunteers but their first win.
• Belmont has lost 11 straight against ranked opponents and is 1-17 against ranked opponents over the past 15 seasons.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-70 (.357)||20-53 (.377)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-35 (.229)||4-14 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-10 (.700)||22-37 (.595)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|