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Final

Charleston 91

(9-4, 2-0 Southern)

Tennessee 78

(9-4, 6-3 home)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2010

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    COFC 47 4491
    TENN 40 3878

    Top Performers

    College Of Charleston: A. Goudelock 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tennessee: S. Hopson 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Andrew Goudelock scores 31 as College of Charleston extends Tennessee's misery

    ESPN.com news services

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Andrew Goudelock scored 31 points, and Donavan Monroe added 27 as College of Charleston upset Tennessee 91-78 on Friday.

    The Volunteers, who had climbed as high as No. 7 in the polls after wins over Villanova and Pittsburgh, lost their third nonconference home game in December, only the fifth such loss in coach Bruce Pearl's six seasons.

    Since the Dec. 11 win against then-No. 3 Pittsburgh, the Vols have lost to Oakland, Charlotte and Southern California and narrowly beat Belmont and Tennesse-Martin.

    It's not the first win for College of Charleston against Tennessee. The Cougars beat the Vols 55-49 in Knoxville on March 13, 1996, knocking Tennessee out of the first round of the NIT. The Vols won their previous meeting 86-69 on Nov. 27, 2009.

    After Willis Hall had an air ball 3-point shot to open the game, the senior-laden College of Charleston (9-4) hit its next seven shots, including three 3s from Antwaine Wiggins and two 3s by Goudelock. The Cougars never trailed after that.

    Another 3-pointer by Goudelock with 9:02 in the first half pushed the lead to 35-13, the largest of the game for the Cougars, who were 7 of 11 from 3-point range and shot 55.2 percent in the first half. They finished 14 of 25 from long range.

    Antwaine Wiggins added 15 points for the Cougars, and Jeremy Simmons had 11.

    Goudelock's third 3-pointer seemed to shake Tennessee from its slump, and the Vols answered with a 15-2 run by fighting to get inside to the basket more. A pair of Hopson free throws made it 37-30 with 5:15 left in the first half, and College of Charleston entered halftime with a 47-40 lead.

    The Vols (9-4) hung close for a few minutes until back-to-back 3s gave the Cougars a 70-53 lead with 11:58 to go. Tennessee began to get called for fouls as players got more frustrated, and College of Charleston hit 21 of 34 at the foul line.

    Pearl got increasingly frustrated with the disparity in the number of fouls called by the officials and was given a technical foul after Josh Bone fouled Monroe with 5:25 to go. Pearl continued to argue from the sideline as Goudelock hit two free throws, and officials called another technical on the coach, leading to his ejection.

    "I was just trying to get Tony Jones some reps, that's all," Pearl said, referencing the associate head coach who will take over for him during his suspension. "I wasn't talking to the official when I was ejected, so that's what I was surprised about."

    It was the third ejection in Pearl's career, the previous two coming during his coaching stints at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Southern Indiana.

    Pearl has just one more game, a Jan. 5 meeting at home against Memphis (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) , before he begins serving an eight-game suspension during Southeastern Conference play. SEC commissioner Mike Slive suspended Pearl for lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing probe into recruiting practices by the Tennessee coaching staff, and Pearl will miss conference games played between Jan. 8 and Feb. 8.

    Tennessee, which outrebounded College of Charleston 47-35, pulled within 10 on a 3 by Bone with 1:32 to go, but it was too little, too late.

    Scotty Hopson led the Vols with 24 points. Tobias Harris had 16 points, and Brian Williams grabbed 12 rebounds.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    COFC
    TENN
    Points 91 78
    FG Made-Attempted 28-49 (.571) 30-80 (.375)
    3P Made-Attempted 14-25 (.560) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-34 (.618) 13-21 (.619)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 20 2

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    Research Notes

    After starting the 2010-11 season 7-0, Tennessee has now dropped four of its past six contests after losing at home to College of Charleston on Friday.
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