Chism chiseled with 30 points against South Carolina

South Carolina's Sam Muldrow (44) shoots over Tennessee's Renaldo Woolridge (0) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn.

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South Carolina's Sam Muldrow (44) shoots over Tennessee's Renaldo Woolridge (0) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee was supposed to be the team bothered by a quick turnaround — not South Carolina.

But it was Wayne Chism’s turn-around move in the post that led to the senior scoring a career-high 30 points to get the best of the Gamecocks.

Tennessee, just 42 hours removed from a win at LSU, scored a convincing 79-53 victory over South Carolina before a crowd of 21,003 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday night.

The win gives the 14th-ranked Vols (18-4, 6-2 SEC) much-needed momentum heading into their games at No. 18 Vanderbilt on Tuesday and at No. 4 Kentucky (21-1, 6-1) next Saturday.

“We know the challenges of playing in Nashville and Lexington . . . we’re looking up at those two teams in the standings,’’ UT coach Bruce Pearl said. “We also understood of the importance of this game tonight.’’

No one was more focused than Chism, who appeared to have a sixth sense each time he received the ball in the post with a defender behind him.

“They give you an angle that you can feel, without really seeing them,’’ said Chism, who was 11-of-17 shooting including 2 of 4 beyond the 3-point arc. “I could basically hit that shot with my eyes closed, and I think a couple of times I did.’’

South Carolina coach Darrin Horn, now 0-4 against Pearl, said Chism played at a level not seen before.

“Chism outplayed us; he had not finished like that all year long,’’ Horn said. “Tonight I thought he did a great job of finishing over the top of our guys.’’

Pearl only had one day to prepare the Vols for well-rested South Carolina — the Gamecocks hadn’t played in seven days — but he saw Chism would be the key offensively.

“South Carolina did not have an answer for him, and our guys did an excellent job getting him the ball,’’ Pearl said. “We took full advantage of Wayne, and when we do that, we’re a pretty good team.’’

Bobby Maze and Scotty Hopson each scored 11 points for the Vols, and freshman Kenny Hall pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.

Junior post Brian Williams was reinstated to the team and dressed out after serving a nine-game suspension, but did not play. His return coincides with what could be a serious ankle injury to Cameron Tatum, who left the game at the 1:01 mark of the first half and did not return.

“It did not look good; that ankle came down pretty severely,’’ Pearl said. “He’ll get X-rays and we’ll have to see; I can’t speculate.’’

UT fans didn’t need to speculate very long about the outcome of the game with the Vols roaring to a 30-16 halftime lead.

South Carolina star Devan Downey struggled early and often as he was held under 30 points for the first time in four games.

Downey still got 26 points, but he was only 5-of-20 shooting from the floor, and 13 of his points came from the free-throw line.

Downey also was limited to one steal — two below his season average which ranks third in the nation — and the Gamecocks forced only six turnovers.

“We did a better job valuing our possessions,’’ Pearl said. “We had six turnovers, which has been our low over the last five years.’’

And, once again, Pearl pointed to his defense as another key.

“The defensive has been a constant,’’ Pearl said. “That’s the second team we’ve held to 16 points in the first half (LSU was the other).

“Your teams take on the identities of your best players, and Wayne has got this team defending.’’

Chism, who has taken over the reins since All-SEC forward Tyler Smith was dismissed, gave his former teammate an assist in the leadership abilities he’s exhibiting.

“I learned from Tyler,’’ Chism said. “Even when he was having his good nights offensively, he shared the ball and kept everyone else rolling, and that’s what I try to do.’’

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tnaseevol writes:

GBO

Cldvols1 writes:

Watched it, loved it the boys played great. Especially 'D' on Downey! GBO

osbymartin#581730 writes:

We rocked the Game Chickens!!!

mattj497 writes:

Thats more like it!!!! GO VOLS!!!!!

USNVOL writes:

This game was over 35 minutes ago?
Read about the big win on utsports.com,
they must had call and told KNS the final score,30-35 minutes after the game!
KNS=SLOW!!!

stayingorange writes:

BOBBY MAZE!!!!

Wayne was spectacular too, but it started with Maze mastering Downey. Great game from the entire team.

richvol writes:

That was much better basketball and for whatever reason we eliminated most of the sloppy play.

I really liked hearing coach Pearl chew on Goins about taking an ill-advised shot with 25 seconds left on the shot clock towards the end of the first half.

Chism has to play like this to have a chance against Vandy in Nashville and Kentucky in Lexington.

VOLoom writes:

It looked like Chism's leg feels better.

rockytopatl writes:

Really, KNS. Did the AP take their dinner break before they filed, or did you guys forget to put it up?

When this team plays defense like that, the sky is the limit. That's the way they played on D against Kansas. Chism had fun tonight and clearly enjoyed himself. It's great to see him play that loose.

Hope Tatum's ankle isn't too bad, but it didn't look good on the replay.

Big games coming up. Need one out of two at least, though that might be asking for far too much.

UTbassdrummer writes:

Was at this game...so much fun to watch.
Really hoping Cameron's knee is OK. This
team looked great. Depth seemed to show
for us again, finally. Loving this group. Totally
POUNDED THE POULTRY!!!!!

schymtz writes:

Great Game! Strong start to a now - not - so - daunting road ahead. This was a confidence builder for the next game, and yes, UT does have something to prove against Vandy in Nashville.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to UTbassdrummer:

Was at this game...so much fun to watch.
Really hoping Cameron's knee is OK. This
team looked great. Depth seemed to show
for us again, finally. Loving this group. Totally
POUNDED THE POULTRY!!!!!

We need him for depth. It was his ankle not knee. They reported it was sprained. Rolled it very bad! All in all, a really good performance all around for UT!

CRFVols writes:

I hope we can take this kind of performance into Nashville and against UK. We need to beat Vandy and at least split with UK...and of course UGA is coming to town....we have to beat them too.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

Very proud of the Orange Boys! They must have been saving some gas against LSU for this game tonight. They started slow but let it rip.

GBO!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Dang! Chism with 30 and Bobby Maze's performance! Keep that up Vols going into next week. I personally think next weeks games will show us how this team will fare in the upcoming tournaments.

RoadTrip writes:

Good thing for the chikins that all those make believe fouls were called for Downey to shoot FT's or we would have won by 40. Great job Vols!

TNVOL4LIFE09 writes:

great game. no fouls on 3-point shooters, not as many dumb shots, and great defense. Hope our boys can keep this up. Chism is a BEAST!

TheOpinion writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Good thing for the chikins that all those make believe fouls were called for Downey to shoot FT's or we would have won by 40. Great job Vols!

Yeah I thought the same thing. It seemed every time in the 2nd half when he'd get in the lane and someone put a hand in his face it was a foul. The only time they didn't call a foul was when he settled for shooting half court threes. He's still a very good player but he shouldn't have had 26points(13 of FTs)

And JP didn't foul a 3 point shooter this game that's something to celebrate.

Say hello to your mutta for me.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

So here's a question.... UT beats SC by 26, SC beats UK, Uk beats LSU by around 30, but UT barely beats LSU... what does all that mean?

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

So here's a question.... UT beats SC by 26, SC beats UK, Uk beats LSU by around 30, but UT barely beats LSU... what does all that mean?

absolutely nothing!

SummittsCourt writes:

Living in SC is always sweeter when the Vols rock the lamecocks. Go Big Orange!

ellunitiko writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

So here's a question.... UT beats SC by 26, SC beats UK, Uk beats LSU by around 30, but UT barely beats LSU... what does all that mean?

We shall know next week- at least we have 2 chances with Kentucky but gotta win this one next week. It would actually show we have some long lasting potential in march

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to osbymartin#581730:

absolutely nothing!

I know. just underscoring how unpredictable this conference is.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

What a fabulous win!! WOW!! I was totally expecting a close game, like maybe a 5-point win. I had gotten so used to them that I prepared myself for exactly that..WAY TO GO VOLS, JUST WIN BABY!!! GBO!!

peerlessvolfan writes:

in response to ellunitiko:

We shall know next week- at least we have 2 chances with Kentucky but gotta win this one next week. It would actually show we have some long lasting potential in march

I'm so geeked--I'm going to the Lexington game from Michigan--I hope there will be A LOT of Vol fans there. It will be good to scream with my fellow fanatics rather than being banished to the basement to scream at the TV!!!

AWOLVol writes:

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, Basketball Vols!!! Anytime we beat the Gamecocks in any sport it makes my life here in SC a little easier.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

I know. just underscoring how unpredictable this conference is.

Very true!

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

So here's a question.... UT beats SC by 26, SC beats UK, Uk beats LSU by around 30, but UT barely beats LSU... what does all that mean?

usnavyvolfaninva---it means nothing..I weigh it as this...

Just 2 days ago UT played LSU and beat them buy 5

UK plays in the same gym 2 days later and beat them by 20 something..

UT did beat SC but is was at home...No comparison...If Ut goes down to SC and beats them then it might be...

No disrespect...but where you play and when you play is huge!!

Point I am trying to make is...this is the SEC and HOME court DOES matter...

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

What a fabulous win!! WOW!! I was totally expecting a close game, like maybe a 5-point win. I had gotten so used to them that I prepared myself for exactly that..WAY TO GO VOLS, JUST WIN BABY!!! GBO!!

Smokey bite--Congrats on the UT win...looking forward to next Saturday...see ya

zigvol writes:

Ga. 68 Vandy 54 3 minutes left.

wildcatbasketball writes:

CONGRATS vols on the win!!!

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to zigvol:

Ga. 68 Vandy 54 3 minutes left.

I have posted on here for the last 2 weeks this SEC race was going to going to come down to UK-UT...I still believe it!!

huntined#565710 writes:

Thank you GA..

zigvol writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

I have posted on here for the last 2 weeks this SEC race was going to going to come down to UK-UT...I still believe it!!

I hope you are right. But I hope we are victorious.

elbtenn#502977 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

usnavyvolfaninva---it means nothing..I weigh it as this...

Just 2 days ago UT played LSU and beat them buy 5

UK plays in the same gym 2 days later and beat them by 20 something..

UT did beat SC but is was at home...No comparison...If Ut goes down to SC and beats them then it might be...

No disrespect...but where you play and when you play is huge!!

Point I am trying to make is...this is the SEC and HOME court DOES matter...

You sure are right about that!

schymtz writes:

Jarw-ja is hard on ranked teams from Tennessee. Georgia just took down Vandy!

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to zigvol:

Ga. 68 Vandy 54 3 minutes left.

Shut UP!!! Seriously?????

elbtenn#502977 writes:

You know, these suspensions could work pretty well for The Vols. They did ok w/o Goins, Williams, and Tatum (Kansas) and now Bruce is working them back into the lineup for the down the stretch. The may just hit their stride.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to richvol:

That was much better basketball and for whatever reason we eliminated most of the sloppy play.

I really liked hearing coach Pearl chew on Goins about taking an ill-advised shot with 25 seconds left on the shot clock towards the end of the first half.

Chism has to play like this to have a chance against Vandy in Nashville and Kentucky in Lexington.

You got it, bud! Good coaching and great play by nearly everybody. UT looked like a completely different team than the one that had been dragging up and down the floor the last few games. Hated to see the ankle injury for Cam. He was starting to be a real contributor again. I was a bit surprised CBP didn't put Brian in for a few minutes at the end. The game was firmly in hand and it would have helped, IMHO, for Brian to get his feet wet in a real game before the slug-fests coming up this week.

lomas98 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

usnavyvolfaninva---it means nothing..I weigh it as this...

Just 2 days ago UT played LSU and beat them buy 5

UK plays in the same gym 2 days later and beat them by 20 something..

UT did beat SC but is was at home...No comparison...If Ut goes down to SC and beats them then it might be...

No disrespect...but where you play and when you play is huge!!

Point I am trying to make is...this is the SEC and HOME court DOES matter...

Agree, home court is huge. That is why I thought 6-2 for the first 8 would be worst case scenario for UT. Was hoping for 7-1. What would have happened if UT was playing Vandy or Ky tonight on the road and didn't hit their first fg until the 16:00 minute mark? You can do that at home, not on the road. Big week next week and hope somehow a split is earned. It would be nice to get a win at Vandy since they have already beat us. Tie breakers will not be good if they sweep.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

Really, KNS. Did the AP take their dinner break before they filed, or did you guys forget to put it up?

When this team plays defense like that, the sky is the limit. That's the way they played on D against Kansas. Chism had fun tonight and clearly enjoyed himself. It's great to see him play that loose.

Hope Tatum's ankle isn't too bad, but it didn't look good on the replay.

Big games coming up. Need one out of two at least, though that might be asking for far too much.

Hard to see how that SC team beat UK, but basketball is funny that way sometimes. Agree about Cam's ankle; he was just starting to get back to contributing again. It definitely helped Chism get open when some of the other guys hit a few from outside. They will definitely need some of that this week. Vandy and UK both have guys who can play Wayne straight up; imagine how hard he will have it if they can put two or three around him.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

Very proud of the Orange Boys! They must have been saving some gas against LSU for this game tonight. They started slow but let it rip.

GBO!

Yep, 49 points in the second half ain't bad, even though SC probably gave up a bit after they hadn't closed the margin any by the first five minutes of the half.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

Thank you GA..

Huntined---Georgia is a better team their record is!! they have a BIG front line and we struggled at Rupp against these guys....I worry about going down there to be honest with you.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Good thing for the chikins that all those make believe fouls were called for Downey to shoot FT's or we would have won by 40. Great job Vols!

Gotta say it looked like the refs were pampering him a bit. Both Maze and Goins really did a great job on him. The rest of the team gave timely help but didn't get preoccupied with helping the way UK did.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Hard to see how that SC team beat UK, but basketball is funny that way sometimes. Agree about Cam's ankle; he was just starting to get back to contributing again. It definitely helped Chism get open when some of the other guys hit a few from outside. They will definitely need some of that this week. Vandy and UK both have guys who can play Wayne straight up; imagine how hard he will have it if they can put two or three around him.

Johnlg---Well said....if he can score 30 against Vandy and UK away UT will have a good chance to win..but...I don't see that happening!!

I am curious to see the match-up with Cousins....

I like our chances...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Shhhhh, he'll hear you! Seriously, I can just hear him thinking, "Well, they didn't really need me that much tonight. Tuesday, though, I'll show them the REAL JP again!" He'll try to do everything himself and screw up half of it, and all that beautiful team-work we saw tonight will go gurgling right back down the drain. God, I hope I'm wrong!

UKblue02 writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

What a fabulous win!! WOW!! I was totally expecting a close game, like maybe a 5-point win. I had gotten so used to them that I prepared myself for exactly that..WAY TO GO VOLS, JUST WIN BABY!!! GBO!!

Good evening SBT, Congrats on the win over SC, Vols looked better today than they did when they beat Kansas, guess you know by now that Vandy lost, time for a little payback in Nashville wouldn't you say. Good luck at Vandy but not so good luck Saturday night. LOL, Have a good one.

cloudodust writes:

Great warm up for the two games a-coming. Need everybody's best here on out. No let downs. Go get 'em and GBO...

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Smokey bite--Congrats on the UT win...looking forward to next Saturday...see ya

hey wildcatbasketball..what's up??? Thanks for stopping by...Yeah, that was a very refreshing win..That should really give the Vols more confidence for the upcoming tough schedule.

The Cats really pounded LSU today..WOW!! They are looking impressive going into next Sat. game.

Have a great night!!

smokey_bites_traitors

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Huntined---Georgia is a better team their record is!! they have a BIG front line and we struggled at Rupp against these guys....I worry about going down there to be honest with you.

Wildcat they are tough at home but right now we have to get ready for Vandy..

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