Just short of Paradise for Vols

Chism misses chance to win with 3-pointer with 2 seconds left

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Tennessee senior Wayne Chism seemingly couldn’t miss Monday night, until it came time for the potential game-winning shot.

Chism’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left missed the mark, and seventh-ranked Purdue held on for 73-72 victory over the ninth-ranked Vols in the championship game of the Paradise Jam on Monday night.

“I didn’t like the catch, but with time winding down I knew I had to shoot it,’’ said Chism, who scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. “The shot didn’t come off good, and I tried to chase it down, but they beat me to the ball.’’

Purdue’s Kelsey Barlow missed a pair of free throws with 17.6 seconds left to give the Vols the chance to win the game on the final possession.

Purdue was led by tournament MVP E’Twaun Moore, who scored 22 points and keyed a pivotal run midway through the second half that gave the Boilermakers (4-0) the lead for good before a capacity crowd in the U.S. Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.

Bobby Maze scored 13 and Tyler Smith had 10 for the Vols (4-1).

UT coach Bruce Pearl said the final play was set up for Maze to drive to the basket with hopes of scoring and/or drawing a foul.

“We were trying to run a high ball screen for Bobby. He had been getting into the lane effectively,’’ Pearl said. “They did a good job of jamming him, and Bobby made an excellent decision to kick it out to Wayne, who was there all by himself.”

Maze said the lane closed quickly.

“I turned the corner and saw two guys there, so who else would I rather have shooting that shot than Wayne,’’ Maze said. “Wayne has been making them, and that’s a shot we’ll take every time.’’

Pearl said he was pleased with Chism’s performance, as the 6-foot-9 post hit 8 of 13 shots from the floor.

“Wayne played like a man tonight,’’ Pearl said. “He was the best interior player in the game, scoring all those points with contact, and he goes 7-for-7 from the free throw line.’’

The Vols had an opportunity to take the lead when trailing 72-70 with 40 seconds left, but Cameron Tatum missed a 3-pointer.

Purdue took charge of the game at the 9:06 mark when Moore got a steal and scored inside to trigger an 8-0 run that he capped with a jumper with 6:16 remaining that gave Purdue at 64-59 lead.

The Boilermakers held a 42-41 halftime lead despite 6-foot-10 center JaJuan Johnson playing only eight minutes in the first half after getting two quick fouls.

The Vols jumped out to a 7-1 lead, but Purdue rallied with a 9-0 run. The game see-sawed and stayed tight, with neither team leading by more than four points.

DePaul defeated St. Joseph’s 58-51 in the consolation game earlier Monday.

UT returns to Knoxville today to prepare to play the College of Charleston at 7 p.m. Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Series History: It was the first time Tennessee had played Purdue since the schools split a home-and-home series in 1980 and 1981. ... The Vols beat the Boilermakers in Knoxville 78-69 in Gene Keady’s first year as coach and lost at Purdue 68-62 the following season. ... Pearl and Wisconsin-Milwaukee won at Purdue, in 2005, 73-68.

Orange Slices: The Vols trailed at halftime for the first time this season ... UT’s shot clock violation with 17 seconds left in the first half was its first of the season.

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Volsrbest writes:

Why didn't Bruce call timeout? We should have won that game!

Go Vols!

LEXKYVOLS writes:

GREAT Game VOLS! Great Game! WE have a lot to look forward to this year!

BigOrangeInCarolina writes:

Outstanding game. Back and forth, especially at the end. I love the fire that CBP and the Vols show, and I hope they don't get down on themselves. Season is young and the Vols look like they're going pretty far in March. Again, outstanding effort and soooooo close!!! GO BIG ORANGE!!!

pupvol writes:

was a heavyweight fight between two good teams but where was Scotty Hopson last two games in Knoxville?

doubledeuce22Q writes:

New year, same undisciplined bull****. Work and work to get the ball down by one with 16 seconds to go, then #### away 8 seconds and then throw up a three....classic Bruce ball. I would give anything to see some discipline out of these guys. Obviously we lost discipline when we lost Chris and Dane.

scott_m99 writes:

A real choppy and gritty game. I was hoping the officials would choke on their whistles, but they just kept on calling fouls. Good look for Chism at the end and probubly should have made it, although a 3 wasn't needed. We'll get 'em next time.

vol_4_fan writes:

Will we ever be smart enough to win a game at the end? The whistle was blowing ever trip down the floor. get the ball to the basket a draw a foul. Just not sure this team makes wise choices!

doubledeuce22Q writes:

And while I am venting...why are J.P. and Melvin getting so many of Cam and Bobby's minutes? I would think the best players would be on the floor the majority of the time. Also, is Scotty worthless against any team that has more talent than a high school squad. He looks like a pro against the no-name three schools we played first, then against two decent teams he looks like phooey. Not what I was hoping for.

LEXKYVOLS writes:

BTW, Did You Know - Tuesday, November 24, 2009 is the 25th anniversary of the last time Kentucky beat the VOLS in Football!

sizeDD writes:

Tyler was horrible

oldbasshead writes:

UT is a pretty good team, not a great team. Lots of talent, just unable to play as a team. I question the coaching. Hopson and Tatum need to make a lot of improvement. Pearl lacks ability to win the big games. His players seem to have what it takes and play hard, but something is missing. Where are the perimeter shooters and why did UT miss so many shots at the rim? UT seemed tired tonight as many of their second half shots were short. Did UT make a three point shot in the second half? Not sure why Chism didn't play the lane for last shot. Perdue just seem to want it more tonight. Pretty rinky dink tournament to not win.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

One thing I would love for Tyler, J.P., and Scotty to comprehend - GO UP STRAIGHT WITH THE BALL WHEN YOU ARE UNDERNEATH AT THE BASKET! They always do this oopty oop garbage and they waste alot of easy baskets or FT attempts. This is going to be one of the main things that keeps Tyler from being drafted in the first round.

Volsrbest writes:

Not bad to lose early, especially to a ranked team. Good talent, but a lot of work to do before we hit the meat of the schedule.

Go Vols!

SwagVol writes:

in response to doubledeuce22Q:

New year, same undisciplined bull****. Work and work to get the ball down by one with 16 seconds to go, then #### away 8 seconds and then throw up a three....classic Bruce ball. I would give anything to see some discipline out of these guys. Obviously we lost discipline when we lost Chris and Dane.

Settle down DD. Had a shot at the end to win against the #6 team in the nation. And you're raging about "Bruce ball?" Without Bruce ball, we're not still around in this tourney (see Buzz, Jerry, Kevin, or Houston for reference). Come on brother. Take a breathe, throw some cold water on your face, go to bed, and come back on here tomorrow and say good game Vols. Lesson learned for later in the year.

Disappointed as the next guy, but it's Nov. not March or April. A little perspective please.

bobbytodd writes:

Chism could have had 40 if they would show him where the paint is, tell him to stay in it and then have someone feed him the ball. Too much passing around the key and trying to take them off the dribble.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

in response to SwagVol:

Settle down DD. Had a shot at the end to win against the #6 team in the nation. And you're raging about "Bruce ball?" Without Bruce ball, we're not still around in this tourney (see Buzz, Jerry, Kevin, or Houston for reference). Come on brother. Take a breathe, throw some cold water on your face, go to bed, and come back on here tomorrow and say good game Vols. Lesson learned for later in the year.

Disappointed as the next guy, but it's Nov. not March or April. A little perspective please.

I totally understand where you are coming from, but my patience level is running on empty. You don't expect these type of decisions from a team full of seniors. We have no discipline and it shows...just makes me see our vulnerabilities.

cumberlandVOL writes:

yeah, UT seemed to underachieve a bit tonight, but isn't purdue ranked #6? All hope is not gone, purdue is a quality team and the game could have gone either way. However, if we lose the next one, I will have issues...

oldbasshead writes:

Why did UT get beat by Purdue? Purdue had better coach, better shooters, more diciplined team, more grit, better game plan. UT has more talent, but lacking in all the other areas. Folks that is a coaching issue.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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I agree to everything you just said. Well-thought out.

govols26 writes:

Can't believe Bruce didn't call a time out there at the end to set up a play. I think they played hard and will learn alot from this game but they gave this one away. Still good to see them play so well against another top ten team this early in the year.

volsunited writes:

Regardless it was a great game against a top 10 opponent and we fell one shot short. Im not too upset with that but a couple of turnovers that we didnt need to make and we win that game. Not bad for the 4th game of the year though

sizeDD writes:

Here is some perspective, Tyler Smith isn't very good.

Madkels writes:

I did not see anything that convinced me that this team has improved. The half court game on both ends still lacks. On the offensive end, we stand around and do not work to get open, and on the "D" end, allow too many teams the opportunity to shoot open shots around the foul line and top of the key. If Bruce doesn't get this team to improve in these areas, then we will not beat UK and have another early exit from the NCAA's.

TigerVet writes:

in response to doubledeuce22Q:

New year, same undisciplined bull****. Work and work to get the ball down by one with 16 seconds to go, then #### away 8 seconds and then throw up a three....classic Bruce ball. I would give anything to see some discipline out of these guys. Obviously we lost discipline when we lost Chris and Dane.

not here to bash, but i agree they looked very undisciplined throughout the whole game.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

in response to oldbasshead:

Why did UT get beat by Purdue? Purdue had better coach, better shooters, more diciplined team, more grit, better game plan. UT has more talent, but lacking in all the other areas. Folks that is a coaching issue.

THANK YOU...that is my point exactly, only stated in a much calmer way.

SeanJean writes:

All the complaints about shot selection, discipline, and softness going to the basket are 100% true. Tough game to watch, because so many things that killed us last year showed their ugly heads again today. Hopson needs to grow up fast. He plays like a girl against real competition.

eduardo writes:

Strong with the ball!!!! Come on Scotty!!!

SeanJean writes:

And yes it's early in the season and yes it was against the #6 team in the country, but we should have won that game. No excuses. We're far more talented than that team.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

We are all saying the same things, and they are very true. It is early, but I feel like this is deja vu...same conversations at this point last year.

oldbasshead writes:

I think it is safe to say that we are all pretty disappointed that we didn't win this tournament. I'm going to bed. Maybe it won't look so bad tomorrow. UT will win a lot of games, but when the other team is just as good or better, being so out of control just won't cut it.

Orangeblood13 writes:

usualy I would say shut up to all of the arm chair coaches on here, but you know tonight showed me something I was hoping not to see. Why in the heck is a senior, been there all this time, still pulling up and shooting 3 ptrs when he only needed a duece to win. I think they will both be solid players, Smith and Chism, but gee guys, know the situation, you have been there 4 years

you guys have a right to bash em tonight

SeanJean writes:

I don't think we can win a game against a good half court team. We only have one dependable scorer (Wayne), and everyone else is spotty at best. Teams that play good half court D just shut down all our shooters and penetrators and they never attack the basket. Wayne is an absolute gamer though.

Madkels writes:

WOW! 53 yarder and Titans lead on the road! I know...a bit off subject.

volsunited writes:

in response to oldbasshead:

Why did UT get beat by Purdue? Purdue had better coach, better shooters, more diciplined team, more grit, better game plan. UT has more talent, but lacking in all the other areas. Folks that is a coaching issue.

So if wayne hits that shot then its a great play? Hindsight is always 20/20 and its the 5TH GAME OF THE YEAR IN NOVEMBER! learn to enjoy the ride ive been here for all of buzzball and i'll take a one shot loss to a #6 team anyday to that!

doubledeuce22Q writes:

Trust me guys, I bleed orange...not a fair-weather type of guy here, just don't want to see such a gift of a team be wasted again this year and it is looking very similar to last year.

orangevolz writes:

in response to doubledeuce22Q:

I totally understand where you are coming from, but my patience level is running on empty. You don't expect these type of decisions from a team full of seniors. We have no discipline and it shows...just makes me see our vulnerabilities.

Well...guess you better get some patience, or you should give up basketball. The season just started. We will have some good wins and frustrating losses. What counts is what we do in the SEC and the NCAAs. Tonight's game was part of the process.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to doubledeuce22Q:

THANK YOU...that is my point exactly, only stated in a much calmer way.

yeah, 4 games in after one of the fastest coaches to get to 400 wins, and you start bashing the coach.

gimmie a break, UT basketball is where it is because of Bruce, no inspite of Bruce

there is nothing wrong with the coaching

Myrsaad writes:

Between Purdue's defense, the refs blowing the whistle every 20 seconds, Scotty Hopson suddenly not allowing the game to come to him, all the up and down emotion from that game and Wayne Chism's final three point attempt I think my inner-child aged 10 years.. After this game I now have an inner-teenager... With a receding hairline!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to oldbasshead:

Why did UT get beat by Purdue? Purdue had better coach, better shooters, more diciplined team, more grit, better game plan. UT has more talent, but lacking in all the other areas. Folks that is a coaching issue.

oldbasshead, you must truly be a fisherman...you cast the bait and no one bit...then you recycled it, reworded it and cast out in the middle again...i think its humorous

SeanJean writes:

The complaints I have is that we lost a lot of games last year the exact same way we lost this game today. Sloppy half court offense, bad shot selection, timid perimeter players, and carelessness with the basketball. Fundamental stuff. We had numerous chances at the end of that game to put it away and take the lead. You can make excuses, but excuses aren't going to make this team any better or playing any later in March. We still have no half court offense. We win when we can run. That simply won't get it done against the better teams, and it showed today.

A lot of you might be happy losing by 1 to the #6 team, but I'm not. We have a team loaded with talent. I want to win them all, and it's tough to watch games slip away when you know guys aren't playing up to their ability.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

in response to volsunited:

So if wayne hits that shot then its a great play? Hindsight is always 20/20 and its the 5TH GAME OF THE YEAR IN NOVEMBER! learn to enjoy the ride ive been here for all of buzzball and i'll take a one shot loss to a #6 team anyday to that!

It is safe to say at this point that we have arrived as a national basketball program. All of the posts on here that talk about just being happy with this compared to years/coaches past are nonsense. We need to take that next step. Obviously we are all happy to be out of the Jerry and Buzz years, but we are in the present...and presently we have a team that is talented enough to win a national title. We need to not settle for 20 wins and an early out to a less talented yet disciplined team.

SeanJean writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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No doubt about it, but none of that matters. We had that game and we didn't win it.

sizeDD writes:

Its hard to run a half court offense when everything is pushed out to half court.

Madkels writes:

in response to volsunited:

So if wayne hits that shot then its a great play? Hindsight is always 20/20 and its the 5TH GAME OF THE YEAR IN NOVEMBER! learn to enjoy the ride ive been here for all of buzzball and i'll take a one shot loss to a #6 team anyday to that!

We should have never been in that position to try and win at the buzzer. I think most, like me, are not happy with the lack of improvement in the half court game on both ends. This team looks just as weak as last seasons in the half court game. We are at our best in transition, running down the court. However, this is only part of the game. I am beginning to believe that either a) Pearl can't teach it, or b) these players can't learn it.

Myrsaad writes:

Yah, Purdue lost in the semi-finals to UConn last March.

Still.. It's early and we have a very good basketball team. The mental errors are more than I would have expected from this group though. Hopson isn't allowing himself to shoot in the rhythm of the game right now. He's forcing his shots as of the DePaul game and this one. Chism was outstanding but he took a shot that was completely unnecessary at the end. It broke my heart to see us lose like this but it's ok. We're very good and we'll only get better. We are a top 10 team regardless of where we land after this loss. Now we have to avoid the post Big-Game letdown and keep playing well. I LOVE our intensity and effort. This is '07 quality effort we're seeing.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

yeah, 4 games in after one of the fastest coaches to get to 400 wins, and you start bashing the coach.

gimmie a break, UT basketball is where it is because of Bruce, no inspite of Bruce

there is nothing wrong with the coaching

Pointing out what someone can improve on is not bashing...stop being in the mindset that everyone is with coaches these days. Talking about weak points does not mean you are bashing or want them fired. I love Bruce, I have watched games with him multiple times at his house and think the world of him, but we all can improve.

tennrich1 writes:

by the way, that may just be the best team we face all year...maybe Kansas first but Purdue right behind...#25 is a player...thankfully he had foul issues for most of the game...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to Madkels:

We should have never been in that position to try and win at the buzzer. I think most, like me, are not happy with the lack of improvement in the half court game on both ends. This team looks just as weak as last seasons in the half court game. We are at our best in transition, running down the court. However, this is only part of the game. I am beginning to believe that either a) Pearl can't teach it, or b) these players can't learn it.

You are either an up tempo or set offense team....rarely are those two combined....We've decided to be an up tempo and I like that....so DONT expect us to be a great set offensive team..we're not built that way...

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to oldbasshead:

UT is a pretty good team, not a great team. Lots of talent, just unable to play as a team. I question the coaching. Hopson and Tatum need to make a lot of improvement. Pearl lacks ability to win the big games. His players seem to have what it takes and play hard, but something is missing. Where are the perimeter shooters and why did UT miss so many shots at the rim? UT seemed tired tonight as many of their second half shots were short. Did UT make a three point shot in the second half? Not sure why Chism didn't play the lane for last shot. Perdue just seem to want it more tonight. Pretty rinky dink tournament to not win.

Take the "b" out of your screen name and YOU are spot on!

cc1 writes:

But we lead in the most tatooes catagorie

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