Charlotte pulls upset of Vols, 49-48

Cold shooting dooms Vols to second loss in a row

Tennessee's Melvin Goins, left, knocks the ball from Charlotte's An'Juan Wilderness, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.

Photo by Chuck Burton, Associated Press

Tennessee's Melvin Goins, left, knocks the ball from Charlotte's An'Juan Wilderness, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.

Scotty Hopson on the Vols' 49-48 loss to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The 49ers' fans rushed the floor, celebrating a golden moment in Charlotte men's basketball history Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Charlotte 49ers (5-6) scored their first win over a top-10 ranked team in nearly seven years, upsetting No. 7 Tennessee 49-48 before a raucous crowd of 8,419.

It was a cold shooting night for the Vols (7-2), who also were upset Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena by Oakland, 89-82.

Tennessee held a six-point lead over the 49ers with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining on the strength of three consecutive baskets from Scotty Hopson, who led UT with 13 points.

Charlotte's Phil Jones scored the game-winning basket on a layup with 7.4 seconds left, and Vols senior Cameron Tatum missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to spark the Queen City celebration.

The 49ers pulled off the upset despite shooting 30 percent from the floor themselves and getting out-rebounded 41-36.

"This is not something that typically happens to us,'' said UT coach Bruce Pearl, 58-5 in games where the Vols hold opponents under 40-percent shooting. "You hold a team to 49 points, you should win. We're not playing well together offensively. It's frustrating when you shoot so poorly.''

In addition to Hopson's 13 points, Tobias Harris had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Vols struggled against Charlotte's 2-3 zone.

UT was particularly poor from beyond the 3-point arc (2-of-17) and from the foul line (2-of-7).

The most costly missed free throw came when senior Melvin Goins misfired on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 19.5 seconds left and the Vols clinging to a 48-47 lead.

The 49ers scored on the ensuing possession when guard Derrio Green (13 points) came off a screen and found Jones open in the lane for the easy basket.

The Vols advanced the ball past midcourt before calling a timeout with 3.3 seconds left to set up the final play.

Tatum inbounded to Brian Williams, who fed it back to Tatum for a long shot that banked off the glass without drawing rim.

"I thought we could get two touches,'' Pearl said. "We looked for a down screen for Scotty or Tobias.

"I thought Cameron could have gotten a lot tighter on (the shot).''

UT sophomore transfer Jeronne Maymon made his debut for the Vols. Maymon, a 6-foot-7, 258-pound power forward, scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds in the 16 minutes he played behind Harris.

Maymon said it was an emotional locker room.

"It was kind of quiet in there, and then it was intense,'' Maymon said. "We were all wondering what the hell just happened.''

Hopson, who missed his first eight shots, appeared to redeem himself down the stretch when his three baskets gave UT a 48-42 lead with 2:25 remaining.

But Charlotte's Javarris Barnett hit a trey from the corner, however, to cut the lead to 48-45.

Jamar Briscoe (14 points) followed with a pair of free throws with 27.9 seconds left to cut the lead to one before Charlotte fouled Goins, sending him to the line.

"Coming into this game we led the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempt,'' Pearl said. "Tonight we were 2-of-7. I don't think I've ever coached a game where we only made two free throws.''

The 48 points are the third lowest in Pearl's six-year tenure as head coach. The Vols scored 44 in a 12-point loss to Butler in 2006 and beat LSU, 47-45, in 2008.

"It was physical and fierce from the opening tip,'' Hopson said. "They didn't back down, and we didn't back down.

"We lost a rebound here, a loose ball there, and those little things got us.''

Charlotte first-year coach Alan Major dismissed senior Shamari Spears - the team's leading scorer - from the team two days ago.

"The thing I'm most proud of is we put a full 40-minute effort together,'' Major said. "What we've been through ... these guys deserve it.''

Prior to Friday, the 49ers most recent win against a top-10 opponent came on Feb. 12, 2004, by a 77-71 count over then-No. 9 Louisville.

UT returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Southern Cal at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Trojans (6-4), coached by former UT coach Kevin O'Neill, beat the Vols 77-55 in Los Angeles last season.

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Comments » 248

Gart5 writes:

Stabbed in the back, sliced in the throat. Worst week ever.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

Sloppy, sloppy play.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

One loss=anomaly
Two losses= a trend, a very disturbing trend.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

How in the he!! did this team beat two top ten teams and lose to two unranked teams?? This team is a mystery..Don't know what to think...I'll let the coach figure it out because I can't.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Cue the trolls in 5..4..3...2....1

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Oh..and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!

MemphisVol writes:

pathetic.

YoungUtAlum writes:

in response to back2z1:

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if he hadn't called a time out you would be saying, "why didnt he call a time out and set up a play? " The reason we lost this game was because of a defensive lapse on a common pick and roll. the past two games we haven't communicated on defense. CBP needs to fix the communication problem out there.

salocke#209467 writes:

Hopson is most overrated, inconsistent player I can recall and I go back to Bill Justice and Bill Hahn days. Tatum is not far behind. Bottom line on game is repeat of last few seasons - 2 out of 7 free throws. phooey.

utjunkie writes:

What is going on with these guys? Beat Nova & Pitt and now this! Immaturity or arrogance, thinking they were so much better? Hope Pearl runs their butts off this week.

JBruce writes:

Another typical game from Scotty "No Show" Hopson.

TheFuj writes:

Horrible. I could not believe with 3.3 seconds left. We throw it to Williams above the top of the circle. Who passes it back to Goins outside of Williams, then Goins launches basically a half court shot. Worse coaching play ever.

VOLFROMNC writes:

Game was over when they called a jump ball at half court with less than a minute left. Some guy sat on Goins' face and no foul. Good luck this year, it's gonna suck.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

CBP problems starting to show in team play now.

rockytopatl writes:

Take a timeout to call a play with 3.3 seconds left and then take a 40-footer at the buzzer. Great call and event better execution, guys.

This team can expect to see a lot of zones from here on out. No consistent outside shooting and, apparently, no ability to dribble and drive. How it could go so downhill since the Pitt game is a mystery to me.

TnTravelerVol writes:

Big vol fan. Very unimpressed with this game and the last one. We have a long way to go. Only thing i can say is i thought this way last year and we finished very well then.

midnite__VOL writes:

Rather embarrassing loss.

schymtz writes:

unbelievable. ugly.

theoldbear writes:

No heart. No brains. Not much coaching.
Sad. Chemistry and leadership still lacking.
Just sad. So much talent. So little pride.

jigman writes:

from the top of the world...to the lowest valley in a matter of days. kinda like the lsu game except a matter of seconds.

eduardo writes:

in response to TheFuj:

Horrible. I could not believe with 3.3 seconds left. We throw it to Williams above the top of the circle. Who passes it back to Goins outside of Williams, then Goins launches basically a half court shot. Worse coaching play ever.

that was tatum holmes

TritanVol writes:

Our guys are really struggling all of a sudden. Very sloppy ball handling and poor shot selection. The last inbounds play was horrible.

huntined#565710 writes:

Our team never got on the plane at PITT don't know who these guys are but they are not the team that played in PITT!!! Well I have always said you got To have a strong heart to be a VOL!!!

TheFuj writes:

in response to eduardo:

that was tatum holmes

I guess I was so surprised at the 40 foot shot I lost who shot it.

RoadTrip writes:

There is no intensity with many of them. The offense stands around a lot when they see a zone and act like they don't know what to do but throw up a 3. They have not been ready to play. Will not go into the subbing because that is a broken record.

Team character is they like to be underdogs to win. I don't see any of them yet that hate to lose so bad they will work their tails off to make sure it doesn't happen.

Finally, this CBP thing is becoming a major distraction. With all the media attention on it and no contract - it's not good.

dvols writes:

does it really matter...

TritanVol writes:

I definitely thought it was a bad omen that CBS College Sports replayed the LSU debacle before our basketball game tonight. Thanks CBS!!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

just not very good right now, no hustle, no heart, no play

92volalum writes:

u guys can say what you want but something is wrong with this team... so much talent and so flat on the court... SH is a joke the last play of the game a joke... BP leaves his son in way to long and fields didn't even play after he talked about wanting to smoke them for not recruiting them... come on maymon(spelling) was not that good compared to fields.. someone needed to bring some energy....

hopefully the halftime interview with BP said it all he knows his is gone so ncaa bring it on so we can move on in big orange country.

crying when is BP going to quit crying on tv...man up and look at the camera and say i lied and shouldn't have... when do freaking men cry.... WTF!!! you lied got caught and yes you messed up the best thing you could have every had in life for what??? the recruits didn't even come to UT..

no its not the end of the world but something is wrong in bb land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SEC1 writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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How is it that Scotty Hopson looked like Lebron James vs Pitt but now he looks more like a member of pat summitt's lady vols?

james#216392 writes:

I would agree Goins got fouled. Why was Pearl in the game with 4 minutes to go and Harris on the bench?

I've said it for the last three years, with all the TV timeouts, you can play 7 or 8 players and that's all. If you have a pressing team, you might need 9. We don't press, we should play 8 and that's it. We have no team chemistry trying to play 12 people. In a slow game like the last two, 7-8 players is all you need.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to TritanVol:

I definitely thought it was a bad omen that CBS College Sports replayed the LSU debacle before our basketball game tonight. Thanks CBS!!!

I noticed that too and thought the same thing..The thing is that I turned it to that channel a few minutes early...BAD IDEA!!!

tnlady writes:

wow...I really am stunned at the play of these guys! What the heck!!! So much possibilty going to a waste! Get your head and your heart in the dang game already or it is going to be a very long season!

huntined#565710 writes:

Missing that free throw hurt but when you are down 1 you take the ball to the rim and score or draw a foul...we are playing really bad in the last 2 games and not sure they can get it right before we lose some more..

utjunkie writes:

The past week for UT has been like climbing Mt. Everest then falling off the otherside.

YoungUtAlum writes:

in response to TheFuj:

Horrible. I could not believe with 3.3 seconds left. We throw it to Williams above the top of the circle. Who passes it back to Goins outside of Williams, then Goins launches basically a half court shot. Worse coaching play ever.

i'm glad you weren't coaching because you would of gotten the players names wrong and no telling who would get the shot. It was Cam not Goins.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to james#216392:

I would agree Goins got fouled. Why was Pearl in the game with 4 minutes to go and Harris on the bench?

I've said it for the last three years, with all the TV timeouts, you can play 7 or 8 players and that's all. If you have a pressing team, you might need 9. We don't press, we should play 8 and that's it. We have no team chemistry trying to play 12 people. In a slow game like the last two, 7-8 players is all you need.

Good, accurate post.

wbpyle writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

How in the he!! did this team beat two top ten teams and lose to two unranked teams?? This team is a mystery..Don't know what to think...I'll let the coach figure it out because I can't.

HE WILL JUST TELL Y'ALL A LIE..... GO CATS...

wigmeister writes:

Just sad!

VolunteerLifer writes:

Zone is the way to play this Tennessee team. we are not good outside shooters.

This is a no-excuse loss. The coaches have to re-evaluate and take stock. This team is not mentally tough enough to go anywhere, despite the talent and experience and depth. Lack of mental toughness is a direct reflection of coaching.

The only real chance Pearl has to keep this job is if his teams are very successful. If they aren't, there isn't much reason to keep him around.

TheFuj writes:

Just terrible play and coaching.
Free throws--27% Did not shoot much, but have to make more than 27%.
Pearl--why is he playing?
Bench played around 64 minutes in the game for a total of 11 points and 8 fouls. 6 points were from the new guy who looked pretty good for his 1st game.
Hopson--horrible shooting again.
Horrible officiating 2nd half. First half was even with fouls, then 2nd half we doubled theirs until they had to foul in the end. Pearl is afraid to say anything now. He should have made a point and took a technical when they had 0 fouls and we had 4 fouls in the 2nd half.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Agree with you Plasticman. They played just like the Lady Vols played against G'Town and Baylor. Ran no offense at all, we only went to the FT line 7 times, and 3 of them came in the last 2 minutes. Harris was the only player that came to play. The only positive thing I saw was that Maymom got 8 boards, 6 points in his 16min of playing time.

We shot 39%, they shot 30% on 2 pt FG's. We were 2-7 from the FT line, they were 12-13. Harris got his first double double, everyone else played like chit!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to wbpyle:

HE WILL JUST TELL Y'ALL A LIE..... GO CATS...

I wasn't asking you, troll.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to DC_BackByPopularDemand:

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They will he owns FLA..

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Sit Hopson on the pines for a while. He is invisible on the floor as it is. He's the most overrated player I have ever seen at UT.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Thanks for being classy and not getting smart, Cat...That's how you were last year.

JBruce writes:

Definately not the same team that we had last week! What happened to those guys?

midnite__VOL writes:

I can't wait to see them play Kevin O'Neill's USC Trojans.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to wbpyle:

HE WILL JUST TELL Y'ALL A LIE..... GO CATS...

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TheFuj writes:

in response to YoungUtAlum:

i'm glad you weren't coaching because you would of gotten the players names wrong and no telling who would get the shot. It was Cam not Goins.

It would not have mattered, because I would not have had anyone shooting a 40 footer down by 1 with over 3 seconds left.

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