Vols fall at College of Charleston, 71-65

Jordan McRae of Tennessee goes to the basket against College of Charleston during Wednesday's game in Charleston, S.C.

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Jordan McRae of Tennessee goes to the basket against College of Charleston during Wednesday's game in Charleston, S.C.

Cuonzo Martin comments on College of Charleston game

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tennessee zoned out when the College of Charleston changed defenses Wednesday night.

The Cougars (8-1) switched from a man-to-man to a zone defense in the second half, and the results were startlingly effective, as Charleston rallied for a 71-65 victory to win its 14th straight at TD Arena.

The Vols (3-6) lost for the fourth consecutive time and the sixth in seven games.

Former Greeneville High School standout and Cougars senior forward Antwaine Wiggins matched his career high with 24 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Jordan McRae led the Vols with 19 points, and forward Dwight Miller scored 13 off the bench, all in the first half.

UT was up by as many as 13 points in the first half en route to a 37-33 lead at halftime.

“That was a dogfight, they took it to us early, and I was glad we were only down four at the half,’’ College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins said. “We were in trouble, deep trouble. Antwaine kept us in it.’’

The 6-foot-7 Wiggins appeared unstoppable at times during a 13-0 run that turned the game in Charleston’s favor.

A Wiggins’ steal and transition basket at the 13:17 mark of the second half tied game 47-47, and Wiggins followed that with another transition bucket to give Charleston a 49-47 advantage with 12:50 left, the Cougars’ first lead since going up 10-9 at the 14:50 mark of the first half.

Charleston’s run extended to 13-0 on a pair of Andrew Lawrence free throws at the 9:28 mark that gave the Cougars a 56-47 lead. Lawrence finished with 14 points and four assists.

UT finally scored at the 8:45 mark on a Trae Golden steal and dunk that cut the Cougars’ lead to 56-49. It was the Vols’ first points since Jeronne Maymon, who had nine points and eight rebounds, scored with 14 minutes left.

“I didn’t think we were cutting like we needed to against the zone; we were hesitant on the perimeter,’’ UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I thought the guys had energy and competed. It’s getting those stops and executing in the second half.

“We just got stagnant. Those guys like to shoot threes, and that’s a great time to shoot threes against the zone.’’

The Vols finished 9-of-29 (31 percent) shooting beyond the 3-point arc, and turned the ball over 16 times to the Cougars’ 10.

Charleston used a 7-0 run after Golden’s basket to take its largest lead of the game at 63-49 on Matt Sundberg’s 3-pointer with 5:55 left.

McRae hit three straight 3-point attempts down the stretch, his final one finding its mark with 58.9 seconds left and cutting the Cougars’ lead to 68-65.

“I thought Jordan did a good job being aggressive, assertive and being in attack mode,’’ Martin said. “The guys did a good job finding him.’’

It proved to be too little, too late, as Charleston identified McRae in the final minute and UT failed to score on its final three possessions.

The Charleston fans stormed the floor on the final horn.

“It’s extremely frustrating,’’ Miller said. “After the game we got in the locker room and said whatever it takes, we have to look within ourselves.

“We didn’t expect to be here, but it’s just a speed bump in the road. We can’t afford to let this become a mountain.’’

UT returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson-Boling Arena against UNC Asheville (5-4).

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kantanuuv writes:

Go crazy, Vole fans.

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) has established a tradition of excellence that will withstand the test of time. Your players showed guts and determination and a casual interest in the game of basketball in yet another moral victory over D-III powerhouse College of Charleston.

I can't remember if this is Year Minus 1 or Year Minus 2, but this team has managed to erase all memory of the Bruce Pearl era in just a few games. Well...except for all the lying and...anyway, congrats!

VFL!

One_in_West_Knox writes:

Should this four-letter word be censored by the Vols??

ZONE

born2ride writes:

Cuonzo Martin = Derek Dooley

Hamilton got lucky hiring Pearl but he got burned going the small school route with Martin and Dooley. We are now stuck with them another year or two.

Martin was not ready for the SEC. He only coached 3 years at MO State and has never coached a team to the NCAA tourney.

Some people are happy that we are losing “close” but a loss is a loss. Martin like Dooley is not getting the job done. UT basketball will now finish at the bottom of the SEC like football.

Martin better get Stokes because his other recruits are not SEC quality. Martin has only been here since the end of March and has already botched two recruiting classes.

Lets stop making excuses for Martin and Dooley and face the facts. They were both terrible hires by Hamilton. The sooner they are gone the quicker we can compete again.

Go Big Orange!

Bogytrain writes:

Wow, these guys are really bad and getting worse. This season is over already. Sad, sad, sad.
I have zero confidence in Cuonzo. This team plays no defense at all, every team's guards are lighting us up....

volnut64 writes:

And the Big Orange ship continues to sink! I'm tired of "waiting till next year"!

armyvol22 writes:

Is it baseball season yet? We have a new coach there too.

Good grief.

AllLadyVol writes:

So long, Cuonzo. We hardly knew ye.

volcycle writes:

Despite the previous post.... this was a good game until the refs took over. That's too big of a disparity in FT to be an honestly officiated game. I realize bad calls happen sometimes, but REAALLY!! That was a joke!

Volfever writes:

Sigh....

kantanuuv writes:

in response to volcycle:

Despite the previous post.... this was a good game until the refs took over. That's too big of a disparity in FT to be an honestly officiated game. I realize bad calls happen sometimes, but REAALLY!! That was a joke!

Well said, friend. The Cougar's shoes were too squeaky too.

samvol writes:

SMDH....

GoVols

tuvol4u (Inactive) writes:

too many selfish players trying to play a team sport. Ive noticed over the last few games since Maui they are always having to play catch up in the last few minutes.

wildcatbasketball writes:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

eduardo writes:

Better go find a pg because this dude makes horrible decisions with the bball in his hands. Especially at crunch time. wow

eduardo writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

your day will come lowly one...prepare to vacate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

so where is those martin supporters now??? Ive been saying all along he aint got what it takes to be a coach in the SEC,he's got plenty of talent but he has no idea how to coach em

harveyupdyketreehugger writes:

This team gives a new meaning to 40 minutes of hell. It's gonna be a long season folks. No point guard, no clue on how to attack a zone. Trae Golden walking up the ball down 6 with 30 seconds to go. Skyler McPornstache impersonating both a matador and mason in the second half. Cuonzo - I will tell you this...If this s**t continues, it will be louder in Pratt Pavillion than the Tommy Bowl this winter. Thanks for everything Hammy.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to eduardo:

your day will come lowly one...prepare to vacate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When it does I will CONCEDE...Until then live on!!!

troken writes:

What happened to the toughness great defense this team was supposed to play?

First it was Ray Mears and then Bruce Pearl... That is it; that is UT's entire history of men's basketball. Might as well drop BB and start another womens team--mud wrestling anyone?

redskinvol1 writes:

WE WANT BRUCE! WE WANT BRUCE!

kantanuuv writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

Kaintuck is a bottom feeder in football...Kaintuck starts a wide receiver at QB and beats the Voles...Voles finish last in the SEC...

Uh oh...

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to eduardo:

your day will come lowly one...prepare to vacate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why should all of Pearl's victories not be vacated???

One_in_West_Knox writes:

I mention at times about McBee, the junior (can shoot threes but not much else) and Tatum (a senior, what has he learned over the years??). Do they and the other guys enjoy losing on national TV??

AHOUSE writes:

bad passes---no hurry to get the ball up court with time running out----standing around on defense under the bucket----no defense on the dribble drive---and lack of good talent on the floor.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Kaintuck is a bottom feeder in football...Kaintuck starts a wide receiver at QB and beats the Voles...Voles finish last in the SEC...

Uh oh...

Well said....I was trying to be nice!!!

harveyupdyketreehugger writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Go crazy, Vole fans.

Coach Cuomo (D-NY) has established a tradition of excellence that will withstand the test of time. Your players showed guts and determination and a casual interest in the game of basketball in yet another moral victory over D-III powerhouse College of Charleston.

I can't remember if this is Year Minus 1 or Year Minus 2, but this team has managed to erase all memory of the Bruce Pearl era in just a few games. Well...except for all the lying and...anyway, congrats!

VFL!

don't you mean "TFL!" ?

troken writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Kaintuck is a bottom feeder in football...Kaintuck starts a wide receiver at QB and beats the Voles...Voles finish last in the SEC...

Uh oh...

Didn't you know kensucky has a paper in lexington? Cal will get hit and it's a matter of time you goob.

volnut64 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

Just go to He!! Your time is coming!

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to harveyupdyketreehugger:

This team gives a new meaning to 40 minutes of hell. It's gonna be a long season folks. No point guard, no clue on how to attack a zone. Trae Golden walking up the ball down 6 with 30 seconds to go. Skyler McPornstache impersonating both a matador and mason in the second half. Cuonzo - I will tell you this...If this s**t continues, it will be louder in Pratt Pavillion than the Tommy Bowl this winter. Thanks for everything Hammy.

Do you think Skylar should have his last name legally changed to this one??

Titan writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

For 26 straight years, I don't think I ever once considered that it would be a ton of fun to go to the Herald Leader website and post a bunch of trash about how pitiful UK football was - and gosh there were lots of opportunities. Funny how you are on here the moment the game is over tonight trashing all things orange. Do you get great satisfaction in the struggles of other people? If this is the way you have fun, you must have a miserable life. And - I'd rather lose with a classy individual like Cuonzo than win with Cal. (And bottom is usually spelled with two "Ts" and one "M".)

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Why should all of Pearl's victories not be vacated???

Because he never played a player who had been paid or cheated to get into school.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to volnut64:

Just go to He!! Your time is coming!

volnut64----It is the Holidays...don't be so upset!!! wishing someone to go to He!!! (as you say is not nice).....Have a great night!!! I am sorry you cannot accept the truth!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS

westknoxrepub writes:

Well, we're learning Martin can't coach, it's apparent he can't recruit, so maybe he's content to ride out three years until we can replace him. After we fire Dooley next year hopefully Hart will spend some money and get a real coach. After we fire Martin in three hopefully Hart won't prove to be another Dickey and actually care about the basketball program, hire a coach who will build this program into an NCAA tournament team year after year, by bringing back Pearl or spending some money.

kantanuuv writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Because he never played a player who had been paid or cheated to get into school.

Interesting theory.

VFL!

JCJ1986 writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Why should all of Pearl's victories not be vacated???

Somebody beat me to it, but he never used ineligible players, duh.

Titan writes:

What is it folks in Texas say about people like Calipari? Big hat - no cattle.

kantanuuv writes:

Look, I can't recruit, and I can't coach, but...

...sorry, lost my train of thought.

allenf1#223463 writes:

Mike Hamilton....the plague that keeps on spreading. A knee jerk panic hire gives us Dooley. Two years later he has a stellar 11 - 14 record with a loss in a low level bowl game and a record of never winning a game at UT when tied or trailing at halftime. Now with basketball, same song, different verse. A knee jerk panic hire in Martin who was not ready for SEC prime time, and his coaching shows it. How a team that played Duke solid, took Memphis to two OT's can then turn around and lose to Oakland, Austin Peay, and now College of Charleston dumbfounds me. I realize C of C is a good team, but we let them run off a 13 - 0 scoring streak followed by a 7 - 0 streak. Our offense is offensive, we play no defense, and worse it looks as if we play with no heart. I'm afraid this season will make us look back on the Buzz Ball days as the good old days. I do not see this team finishing above .500, as much as it pains me to say. And don't accuse me of being one of the trolls. I've attended UT sporting events for over 40 years, live out of state now but have only missed 6 home football games since 1986, and have kept my 4 season football tickets when others dropped them. I bleed Orange but it breaks my heart to see what Hamilton and big donor boosters have done to the sports programs. Changes are in order.

kantanuuv writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

Somebody beat me to it, but he never used ineligible players, duh.

All the current Vole basketball players are apparently ineligible.

carbonzip writes:

in response to One_in_West_Knox:

Should this four-letter word be censored by the Vols??

ZONE

I agree, some form of zone. Let Washpun and Richardson play. Start Mayman and Miller together.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to allenf1#223463:

Mike Hamilton....the plague that keeps on spreading. A knee jerk panic hire gives us Dooley. Two years later he has a stellar 11 - 14 record with a loss in a low level bowl game and a record of never winning a game at UT when tied or trailing at halftime. Now with basketball, same song, different verse. A knee jerk panic hire in Martin who was not ready for SEC prime time, and his coaching shows it. How a team that played Duke solid, took Memphis to two OT's can then turn around and lose to Oakland, Austin Peay, and now College of Charleston dumbfounds me. I realize C of C is a good team, but we let them run off a 13 - 0 scoring streak followed by a 7 - 0 streak. Our offense is offensive, we play no defense, and worse it looks as if we play with no heart. I'm afraid this season will make us look back on the Buzz Ball days as the good old days. I do not see this team finishing above .500, as much as it pains me to say. And don't accuse me of being one of the trolls. I've attended UT sporting events for over 40 years, live out of state now but have only missed 6 home football games since 1986, and have kept my 4 season football tickets when others dropped them. I bleed Orange but it breaks my heart to see what Hamilton and big donor boosters have done to the sports programs. Changes are in order.

It may also make the Wade Houston days the good old days.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to Titan:

For 26 straight years, I don't think I ever once considered that it would be a ton of fun to go to the Herald Leader website and post a bunch of trash about how pitiful UK football was - and gosh there were lots of opportunities. Funny how you are on here the moment the game is over tonight trashing all things orange. Do you get great satisfaction in the struggles of other people? If this is the way you have fun, you must have a miserable life. And - I'd rather lose with a classy individual like Cuonzo than win with Cal. (And bottom is usually spelled with two "Ts" and one "M".)

Titan---Sorry to offend...that was not my intent, it really was not my intent, But all I heard during the Bruce Pearl era was "Bruce", "Bruce"....and the he breaks the rules and most UT fans "look over" it....like he did nothing wrong...Cal has not been charged with anything (YET)..If he does I will be the 1st to concede...Until then, well, nuff said!!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to kantanuuv:

Kaintuck is a bottom feeder in football...Kaintuck starts a wide receiver at QB and beats the Voles...Voles finish last in the SEC...

Uh oh...

kantanuuv is a bottom feeder in life

Titan writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

Titan---Sorry to offend...that was not my intent, it really was not my intent, But all I heard during the Bruce Pearl era was "Bruce", "Bruce"....and the he breaks the rules and most UT fans "look over" it....like he did nothing wrong...Cal has not been charged with anything (YET)..If he does I will be the 1st to concede...Until then, well, nuff said!!

"Cal has not been charged with anything (yet)." Yeah sure - just an odd coincidence that final four appearances were vacated at two schools that he bailed on. I know horses in Kentucky run with blinders on - I didn't know UK fans did the same.

1vavolfan writes:

Just like football, we can play one half well and then get out coached in the second half. I don't even get upset anymore as this now happens each game. Not being a troll here but UNC-Asheville will beat Tennessee too.The 80 year demographic along with the twenty or so students who show up don't make for much of a home court advantage.UNC-A beat Utah and played UCONN close. They also only lost to Charleston by 2 points.

underthehill writes:

in response to volcycle:

Despite the previous post.... this was a good game until the refs took over. That's too big of a disparity in FT to be an honestly officiated game. I realize bad calls happen sometimes, but REAALLY!! That was a joke!

TV commentator said the charging foul on McRae (late in game) should have been a block because the defender had his foot on the line..this was huge..I think it would have put the Vols 2 points down..but the difference in the game was probably points off turnovers ..far too many turnovers.. Team effort much improved over Peay game....Golden plays hard just does not have point guard skills..I thought Martin did an excellent job coaching this game with what he has to work with..and I think the Vols will continue to improve..

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

Somebody beat me to it, but he never used ineligible players, duh.

JCJ1986----If tomorrow, UT offered coach Cal a job, would you accept him??? Be honest!!!! Not going to happen but I think all Vol fans would change their opinion on Cal if was to happen. (ALAS KIFFEN in football...Celebration when hired and burning couches a year later)Hell, they want Martin out already and he has only coached 8 games...

ACWLY writes:

LOWS: Out played, out Coached, learned NOTHING from the A-Peay game

HIGHS: New AD Hart was at the game and looked very intense, THIS IS A GOOD THING,he obviously saw an extremely poor coached team. Near the end of the game it appeared some of the player decided they had to do the coaching, and it only got worse, absolutely NO HURRY UP during the closing moments,many poor ball handling decisions. UNREAL!

Conclusion: Hart has the authority to bring in some quality and experienced coaches to revive our program, but if he waits to much longer the FANS will quit supporting the team and if that happens RECRUITS will stop considering UT and in the blink of an eye we will be the doormat of college sports!

Theo writes:

in response to wildcatbasketball:

UT Fans---- A few years ago, as I recall, their was a "Bruce Pearl" nation and the word was, "wait until Cal gets bashed"...I remember it well!!! What is the status now? Getting beat by LOWER tier teams!!! Be careful in what stones you throw!!! Two Years later Bruce is the guy who broke the rules and you are back to being the Vols in BB....(BEFORE ANYONE COMES BACK AT ME-YES, UK is a BOTOMM FEEDER in football, Oh, so is UT now)...just saying....MAJOR problems on the UT hill!!!
.....

Oh Indiana, Oh Indiana, we're all for you! IU!
Don't worry about poor UT - even if the cats beat us this next couple years we'll get the "W"s in a few years when you have to vacate them.

wildcatbasketball writes:

in response to Titan:

"Cal has not been charged with anything (yet)." Yeah sure - just an odd coincidence that final four appearances were vacated at two schools that he bailed on. I know horses in Kentucky run with blinders on - I didn't know UK fans did the same.

Titan---Would you take him as coach tomorrow if offered?

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