College of Charleston shoots Vols' lights out, 91-78

College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock, left, drives against Tennessee's Melvin Goins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Knoxville.

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College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock, left, drives against Tennessee's Melvin Goins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Knoxville.

UT coach Bruce Pearl analyzes loss at home

The year 2010 didn’t end much better than it started for the Tennessee men’s basketball team.

Last season’s Vols were able to rally from a well-documented New Year’s Day traffic stop involving four players and make the program’s first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in school history.

The future of this season’s team remains in flux after the College of Charleston’s convincing 91-78 victory over UT on Friday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Adding to the insult of the loss, Vols coach Bruce Pearl was ejected from the game with 5:25 remaining after being assessed his second technical foul.

It’s the third time Pearl has been ejected in his career and the first since Feb. 5, 2004, while he was coaching at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Friday’s game was all but decided when Pearl was sent to the locker room. The hot-shooting Cougars (9-4) held a 77-63 lead over The Vols (9-4) when official Brian Shey tossed Pearl moments after Lee Cassell assessed the first technical.

“I was asking (Cassell) about the consistency,’’ said Pearl, who felt the game was called differently from one end of the court to the other, as UT was charged with 24 fouls to Charleston’s 17. “I wasn’t talking to the official when I got ejected, that’s what I got surprised about.’’

The 17,794 in attendance got a surprise, too, watching Charleston make its first five 3-point attempts en route to a 35-15 lead at the nine-minute mark of the first half.

Tennessee, led by Scotty Hopson’s 24 points and Tobias Harris’ 16, rallied to close the gap to 47-40 at halftime.

The Cougars, however, weren’t about to let opportunity slip away as they had in single-digit losses to Atlantic Coast Conference schools North Carolina (74-69), Maryland (75-74) and Clemson (66-59).

Guards Andrew Goudelock and Donavan Monroe were on target throughout the game, scoring 31 and 27 points, respectively.

The combo combined to hit 10-of-14 shots beyond the 3-point line and the team was a collective 28-of-49 (.571) shooting from the field and 14-of-25 (.560) from three.

“The way we played today, I think we could have beaten anyone in the country,’’ Charleston coach Bobby Cremins said. “We made shots, (and) sometimes there’s nothing you can do. We made some incredible shots.’’

Pearl, in an effort to spark the struggling Vols, used his third different starting lineup in as many games, replacing incumbent post Brian Williams with Kenny Hall.

The move appeared to motivate Williams, who pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in 23 minutes.

“Our energy level hasn’t been good since we’ve come back (from the holiday break),’’ Pearl said. “We’ve had one practice and two games in this five-day stretch, and I don’t think we’ve had great energy or really good focus in any of them.’’

UT’s woes on Friday were on the perimeter. The Vols’ backcourt proved woefully inadequate defending the dangerous Cougars guards.

“They are great 3-point shooters, so you’ve got to press out and guard them,’’ Pearl said. “It’s ungodly how far you have to come out on them, and then they’re quick enough to turn corners.

“The areas where they set the ball screens, out front, are the areas we are having our greatest challenges.’’

Pearl used starter Melvin Goins and Trae Golden on the point, but with Skylar McBee still suffering the after-effects of a flu, Josh Bone saw 15 minutes of action at the two-guard.

“We couldn’t keep up with the guards,’’ said Bone, a defensive specialist who rescued the Vols in last season’s NCAA tournament. “It’s going to take focus, practice and determination not to give in.’’

The Vols, despite their struggles shooting the ball (30-of-80, .375), didn’t exactly roll over for Charleston.

After the Cougars hit five of their first six shots to open the second half, UT put together a 6-2 run capped by a Goins (six points, one assist, three turnovers) basket to cut the lead to single digits at 61-53 with 14:22 remaining.

Charleston bounced back with a 10-0 run, elevating the lead to 18 points with 10:47 left.

The Vols didn’t cut the deficit back to single digits until Bone hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining to make it 87-78.

“We’re just going to have to look at this game, learn from it, and move on,’’ Hopson said. “It’s a new year, and hopefully we’ll go into it with a different mindset.’’

UT returns to action at 9 p.m. on Jan. 5 against No. 21 Memphis (10-2). The Tigers host Tennessee State today.

Pearl Ejections: Pearl’s most recent ejection came in the first half of a loss to Illinois-Chicago in 2004, when he was the coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Pearl’s other ejection was when he was head coach at Division II Southern Indiana.

When first asked about the ejection, Pearl jokingly replied, “I was just trying to get (assistant coach) Tony Jones some reps.’’

Pearl’s reference was to the pending eight-game league suspension handed down by SEC commissioner Mike Slive in November. Pearl will coach against Memphis, but Jones will take over game-day duties for UT’s first eight conference games beginning with the Vols’ Jan. 8 game at Arkansas and ending with the Feb. 5 home game against Alabama.

Local Flavor: Greeneville’s Antwain Wiggins was destructive on the wing for Charleston, scoring 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds for the Cougars.

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born2ride writes:

We can still beat UT Martin in basketball & football.

Happy New Years!

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Not surprised anymore. hate to be a negative nellie, but this team is done.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

My God, when to the ladies play next? Too much losing!!

cwbytruckers writes:

The sad thing about this team is the fans. There is no excitement in that building from the get go. You watch places like Rupp, Cameron, and the Dean Dome. Those fans come out fighting. Our fans wait until someone scores then they sit down on their lazy rears until something good happens. Why not be a part of the game from the get go like some true basketball schools. The womans games have the excitement. Why cant the men.

gymrat7366 writes:

Can you say "tailspin"?

pennvols writes:

i strongly believe this is the coming of the future. coach pearl quit on the team and the team quit on tennessee. there is no team offense and no team defense. please start the process of finding another coach to save us...

tnband78 writes:

Never seen such a meltdown.

MikeInTN writes:

Pitiful!!! Are we going to be last in the East?
Very poorly coached players. And, is Bob and Bert the absolute worse announcing team in the SEC? Bert is always saying "Money" when Hopson hits a shot, while he should be yelling "LUCKY"!!!

rab63 writes:

I'm having a hard time remembering why I felt this years team would be better than last years.

vol75 writes:

Good riddance 2010...

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

I see trolls that have already beat me to this post. Get ready for the onslought. BOK, Tater,all Sybils with mutliple name changes, now I guess Tater is Saban_Palin.

Not going to stick around to read all the trash that will be coming just like it did after the Bowl game last night.

I LOVE MY VOLS WIN OR LOSE! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 ALL TRUE VOL FANS, THE REST OF U CAN "GTH"! GO CBP, GO CDD, GO CPS, GBO!!!!!!

cwbytruckers writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Pitiful!!! Are we going to be last in the East?
Very poorly coached players. And, is Bob and Bert the absolute worse announcing team in the SEC? Bert is always saying "Money" when Hopson hits a shot, while he should be yelling "LUCKY"!!!

I agree 1000%...Im do damn sick of MONEY..Fire these guys as well.

markbkeck writes:

Fifth in the East, count on it.

CrankE writes:

Dear Mike Hamilton,

What if this team actually IMPROVES while Pearl is suspended. You know, like Fulmer/Majors, 1992?

And what if Pearl uses all that "free time" to sign his contract-while his team is improving?

Oh, and the NCAA hasn't spoken up yet either.

tick tock, Mikey.

Volencheaters writes:

Bruce wanted to get home early for the BarBQ I guess....

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

My God, when to the ladies play next? Too much losing!!

Hey Navy, the Lady Vols play at LSU on Sunday, 1pm CST.

VOLDoll writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Can you imagine how devistated Plasticman, PL3 and NavyVolinVA will be if that happens?

It will be very painful for those 3. They truly worship the man. Not sure why but they do.

Volencheaters writes:

Watched on TV, every 3rd seat vacant.

Ironcity writes:

Not a good team guys. Scotty nor Tatum can guard wings that can take it to the hoop. Team is playing so tight I cringe even when we shoot a layup or a dunk.

Coach needs to hire a Psychiatrist and then move Hopson to the three and Tatum to his back up. We have to get more ball handlers on the floor.

Harris looked sick out there. Maymonn has to play more and if it means as a center then so be it.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Where are the Hopson bashers???? You guys keep blaming Hopson, LOL. I told you we should fire Pearl before the season started. You guys BASHED me. He embarrassed the program/university. He has now quit on the program/university. Keep blaming Hopson, but the actions of BRUUUUCE are the reason for this tailspin.

midnite__VOL writes:

CBP was just practicing his exit move today in front of a live audience.

VOLDoll writes:

It will be interesting to see who Plasticman blames for this loss?

1. The refs
2. The players

thevoice writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Pitiful!!! Are we going to be last in the East?
Very poorly coached players. And, is Bob and Bert the absolute worse announcing team in the SEC? Bert is always saying "Money" when Hopson hits a shot, while he should be yelling "LUCKY"!!!

Nice Mike! Got a good chuckle.

Sanctions loom. Bruce is gone.

brokebackvol writes:

So disappointing, its been a rough fall to be a Vol.

TheFuj writes:

Has anyone ever seen the Washington Generals (I think that was their name). It was the "team" that always played the Harlem Globetrotters. The would follow the Globetrotters around just as designed. That is how the Vols play defense. No denying of the ball until we were 18 down in the 2nd half.
Just horrible game. COC played only about 7 players. Why are we playing 12? Why is Pearl playing at all? Pearl played about 10 minutes and 0 points. Biggest thing is that he is no threat to score.
Horrible free throw shooting.
Williams is a head case.
Did you see Fields laughing on the bench down by 16 in the 2nd half. Tatum with his shirt out like a skirt.
Has been a rough 24 hours.

midnite__VOL writes:

in response to TheFuj:

Has anyone ever seen the Washington Generals (I think that was their name). It was the "team" that always played the Harlem Globetrotters. The would follow the Globetrotters around just as designed. That is how the Vols play defense. No denying of the ball until we were 18 down in the 2nd half.
Just horrible game. COC played only about 7 players. Why are we playing 12? Why is Pearl playing at all? Pearl played about 10 minutes and 0 points. Biggest thing is that he is no threat to score.
Horrible free throw shooting.
Williams is a head case.
Did you see Fields laughing on the bench down by 16 in the 2nd half. Tatum with his shirt out like a skirt.
Has been a rough 24 hours.

Its just been a rough 16 hours, the lady vols won yesterday.

RoadTrip writes:

They played 7 players with the least playing 20 minutes. We played 11 players with 3 playing less than 10 minutes. They shot 57% on our floor while we shot 37%. Shot the same % on FT's. They played with energy and passion on both ends of the floor. We did our usual for the last 6 games. Something has happened over there that isn't good.

For those that still believe you can win with players that can't put the ball in the hole, despite their supposed other valuable skills, please reconsider your opinions. We are losing to bad to fair teams because of it.

asleep#212036 writes:

Since Lofton and J. Smith left we have had trouble consistently handling/shooting the ball on the perimeter. Today was no different. It is crazy for a team to hit 14 threes and if they do, winning is gonna be difficult no matter what. What a drop-off from the Pitt win, huh? Looks like all this NCAA mess is a distraction after all. We'll see. Go Vols!!!

RoadTrip writes:

in response to VOLDoll:

Can you imagine how devistated Plasticman, PL3 and NavyVolinVA will be if that happens?

It will be very painful for those 3. They truly worship the man. Not sure why but they do.

Can't figure that one out either because they generally know sports and have made good posts on football in the past.

chrisw2967 writes:

Too much rotating players in and out and too much passing and standing around.This is a meltdown at its best.
This team is done and I think Pearl is done.

volmeat writes:

It's going to be long off-season from football if this continues.

thevoice writes:

What this team needs are two things: a true damn good point guard and some floor leadership.

TopTenn writes:

Crash and Burn.

bsimpg3 writes:

what this team is lacking is CONFIDENCE! you ever see LVs hang their heads much during a game? NO bc PS instills confidence in her players. several in this bunch hang their heads when something doesn't go their way. i don't know what's happened between Pitt & now but it doesn't look good. i do think (but not hope) BP is gone after the season. maybe it's time...kinda like Fisher with the Titans

Ironcity writes:

in response to pennvols:

i strongly believe this is the coming of the future. coach pearl quit on the team and the team quit on tennessee. there is no team offense and no team defense. please start the process of finding another coach to save us...

I can't believe some of you fans would quit on the team and coach Pearl. He is an incredible coach for 150 games and then his team struggles for three weeks and your ready for him to get fired and you believe he suddenly can't coach. What I do know is he is a great coach and I wouldn't trade him for any coach in the country.

If this team is capable of getting out of this funk (and they are not strong mentally so they may not be), coach will get them on the right track.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to DC_BackByPopularDemand:

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Yeah - kind of like the world trembling when he went to ND. How did that work out?

Muschamp couldn't even defense a run first Bama last year when it mattered. Even Monte's motley crew was able to hold them to 13 pts.

Yawn.

volboy81 writes:

in response to cwbytruckers:

The sad thing about this team is the fans. There is no excitement in that building from the get go. You watch places like Rupp, Cameron, and the Dean Dome. Those fans come out fighting. Our fans wait until someone scores then they sit down on their lazy rears until something good happens. Why not be a part of the game from the get go like some true basketball schools. The womans games have the excitement. Why cant the men.

yeah, its all the FANS fault!!!! what a stoopid post!

DebKY writes:

Excellent, experienced coach versus a mediocre coach. He uses a 7 man rotation with Pearl playing 12,13, or more players. Wonder if Pat would be willing to coach both teams?
ESPN featured Pearl half time of the UL/UK game. It was not a good interview as Pearl cried on national tv. People across the country do not feel sorry for him!
Being ejected from the game, shows that he does not have his act together and this has become the down fall for the team.
The most disappointing is knowing that regardless of who is calling the shots, baby Pearl will continue to play.
I am worried that we won't win another game, but love Summitt's spirit!!!!!!!!!!

Y10 writes:

I am sooo sick of what Mike Hamilton has let the athletics at this school become. As a former student and a football ticket holder for the last 20 something years, I have never seen the athletic programs at such a low. We are embarrassed time and time again on national televison. We can't even dress in the correct color of orange. Football team wearing a couple different colors of orange, coaches wearing colors closer to Auburn, Unbelievable. We are in fact a joke in the S.E.C. It's obvious to everyone the bb team is spinning out of control...Bruce wants to be cute and try and showcase all his talent. Stop all the subbing! There is such a thing as team chemistry!! FIRE MIKE HAMILTON, quick!!!!

thevoice writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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Agreed, but I was confining remarks to floor play.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to thevoice:

What this team needs are two things: a true damn good point guard and some floor leadership.

I totally agree. Problem is, Bruce keeps bringing in these half azz point guards. I can't help but question 1)his player evaluation skills and 2)his player development.

radiomafia#577548 writes:

in response to VOLDoll:

Can you imagine how devistated Plasticman, PL3 and NavyVolinVA will be if that happens?

It will be very painful for those 3. They truly worship the man. Not sure why but they do.

Yes Steve PL3 won’t be able to handle some of the obvious.
Bottom line most people on this board are fans and some of use former coaches and players, many bleed ORANGE, so when we sense something is not right we will let you know about it with our opinions. CBP has been tremendous for the program, but obviously something or several things are not right with the collapse in the last four games and with what’s in the black cloud that’s lingering around. I want him to stay, but if for some reason he does not, CPS has done it all, I would love to see her and the school think progressive and out of the box and have her coach men’s basketball. She might actually welcome the challenge, and do you think there would be many off court disciplinary issues

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to back2z1:

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This sorry azz team deserves it.

SEC1 writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

So disappointing, its been a rough fall to be a Vol.

Not rough yet.. just wait until the NCAA HAMMER COMES DOWN NEXT YEAR!

Ironcity writes:

in response to thevoice:

What this team needs are two things: a true damn good point guard and some floor leadership.

I agree. Goins plays good defense but he cripples the team at the offensive end. He just isn't capable of running this team.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to VOLDoll:

Can you imagine how devistated Plasticman, PL3 and NavyVolinVA will be if that happens?

It will be very painful for those 3. They truly worship the man. Not sure why but they do.

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Charlie Weis to UF as OC. Not good at all.

cwbytruckers writes:

Unless the rotation is cut down dramatically. Then this team will not win 20 games this year. The NIT could be a stretch. Not sure why or what the fans are thinking sometimes including myself. I know its been a rough couple of years with the Vol Nation. But what we really need to do i guess is be patient. We were spoiled a little with the mens team the past couple of years. I really cant believe how much we miss JP this year. He knew how to make things happen on defense. And Maze was a better point guard than anything we put on the floor this year. Brian Williams was a good role player along side of Chism. He cant stand alone. 5-11 in the SEC at best.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to DC_BackByPopularDemand:

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Wow...a free viewing of Brokeback gator being played out on GVX! I feel so privileged!

mcdevitt#229126 writes:

Rough weekend for the vols. I really believe there is an off the court issue for the BBall team that has not surfaced yet. Guess once the NCAA hammers Pearl and the program we are going to get a new coach. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a good winter season watching the basketball team fill the football void but I guess I need to find someone to pull for to make the NCAA's. Got 1st and 2nd round tickets to the NCAA in Charlotte hoping the VOLS would be there but it appears they are headed to the toilet bracket come march.

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