Vols keep their cool against Lincoln Memorial, 76-67

Trae Golden grades the Vols in their win over LMU

Toughness can show itself in many forms.

The Tennessee men’s basketball team displayed its growth from a mental standpoint on Monday night.

The Vols stayed poised despite a furious Lincoln Memorial University rally en route to a 76-67 victory in their second and final exhibition game of the preseason.

An announced crowd of 15,424 at Thompson-Boling Arena slid closer to the edge of their seats when the Division II Railsplitters, ranked No. 2 nationally in preseason polls, closed within four points on a Cam Carden 3-pointer with 6:56 remaining.

But instead of rushing another shot or deviating from coach Cuonzo Martin’s motion offense, the Vols worked the ball around to their hot hand on the night, point guard Trae Golden.

Golden, Georgia’s High School Player of the Year two seasons ago, calmly drained a 3-pointer to cap his 22-point, eight-assist performance. Jordan McRae followed with a steal and pass to senior Cam Tatum (13 points), who dunked in transition to keep LMU at bay.

The Railsplitters, led by Jake Troyli’s 25 points, failed to draw closer than six the remainder of the game.

“I credit the team for not panicking and just continuing to play ball and executing our offense,’’ said Tatum, who erased any doubts about the outcome with a minute left by draining a 3-pointer that put the Vols up by 11. “But we have to stay attached to our defensive principles for the whole 40 minutes, and we can’t have any letups like that again.’’

Indeed, Tatum had hit a 3-pointer with 16:15 left that gave the Vols a 56-34 lead before LMU rallied.

Carden’s 3-pointer capped a 15-2 Railsplitters run that saw UT miss nine consecutive shots and get beat down the floor in transition.

Martin harped on the defensive “slippage” and ball security issues in the second half, but he said things like that can happen if a team’s not careful.

“When you have such a big lead in the first half, something is bound to happen,’’ said Martin, whose team took a 44-26 lead into the half. “You’re moving guys in and out trying to get them minutes, but you’re also trying to win the game.’’

The Vols opened the game 1-of-8 shooting but hit their next six shots from floor and three from the free-throw line in the midst of a 19-0 run to go ahead 21-3. Skylar McBee (11 points) hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run.

“We came out a little starry-eyed and got down,’’ LMU coach Josh Schertz said. “We didn’t come in to play it close ... we came in here to try to win.’’

Martin knew the game was far from over at the half and said there’s no shame in the nine-point victory margin.

“We beat a quality opponent, a tough, physical opponent, tougher than I thought they’d be, I knew they’d be good, but they were better than I thought they would be,’’ Martin said.

“I can’t worry about what some people might think. Our job is to win ballgames and get our guys better.’’

UT’s Jeronne Maymon posted his second double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and hit 7-of-7 shots from the free-throw line, and center Kenny Hall had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Desmond Johnson, the reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, had 11 points and 10 rebounds for LMU.

UT returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to UNC Greensboro in both teams’ season-opening game.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say go Vols!
Bones never lie.

SummittsCourt writes:

let the ride begin

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Well the exhibition games are over and the real season starts..In spite of all the unknowns, I'm looking forward to it..IMO, Jordan McRae and Trae Golden will determine how successful this team is,and Cam needs to decide if he is gonna do his part as a 5th year senior should.

Smokey says he will give Coach Martin a chance..

Twelvethirtyone writes:

You gotta figure this is at least a better result than losing to Indianapolis in Exhibition play last year. I am excited to see what Cuonzo can do with the limited talent on this team, but realistic enough to know Pearl and Hamilton has set up an extremely difficult schedule for the team this year. Losing 6 seniors and 2 underclassmen really put the team and Coach Martin behind the proverbial 8 ball...
I will guess about 10-12 wins this year, would be happy with an NIT appearance and a .500 record, and would be absolutely thrilled if the team somehow wins enough games to go back to the NCAA tourney. Good luck to the boys, here's to hoping for a great surprise season, and GO VOLS!! :)

born2ride writes:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to Twelvethirtyone:

You gotta figure this is at least a better result than losing to Indianapolis in Exhibition play last year. I am excited to see what Cuonzo can do with the limited talent on this team, but realistic enough to know Pearl and Hamilton has set up an extremely difficult schedule for the team this year. Losing 6 seniors and 2 underclassmen really put the team and Coach Martin behind the proverbial 8 ball...
I will guess about 10-12 wins this year, would be happy with an NIT appearance and a .500 record, and would be absolutely thrilled if the team somehow wins enough games to go back to the NCAA tourney. Good luck to the boys, here's to hoping for a great surprise season, and GO VOLS!! :)

So they shouldn't have set up a difficult schedule? Also, if you're standards have dropped to an NIT appearance, please step aside and let real fans have higher expectations for our basketball program.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

Witch Doctor say you wasnt excited about Pearl either from day one..want Devoe back so we can burn the place down?
Bones never lie.

acworthdave writes:

These type of games are extremely difficult to use to judge how we will play this year. I totally expect this tream to struggle early until CM can mold them into the team he wants them to be. I was disappointed in the effort on D. I expected more intensity and hustle. I know LMU is an experienced team so that may have had something to do with it.

JimmyJoe writes:

I'll give him a chance....but we are looking at about a 20 loss team this year...boy guys Scottie and Tobias could have helped this team if they had stayed one more year....it's gonna be a long one....

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

You clearly don't, but yes "we" do...because "we" are trueTennessee fans and "we" remember Pearl losing to Indy last year with far more talent than what Martin had tonight while beating a better team than Indy. "We" are under no illusion that "we" will be very good this year, but "we" will support our coach until "we" have good reason not to (i.e. Pearl lying and dragging our school's name through the mud), and "we" will always support our team because that's what true fans do...something bandwagon buffoons will never understand.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

I'll give him a chance....but we are looking at about a 20 loss team this year...boy guys Scottie and Tobias could have helped this team if they had stayed one more year....it's gonna be a long one....

Witch Doctor afraid you may be close to the truth..Pearl inherited a little more than Martin. Witch Doctor say Tobias could have saved this program as 20 losses probably sets our recruiting back to the Devoe dark days.
Bones never lie.

huntined#565710 writes:

1- Still don't have a guard that can drive the lane
2- Can't pick up their best scorer
3- Best free throw shooting in a long time
4- Will not win a lot of games
5- Been WATCHING the football team and only played first half.
6- Still say you have to have a strong heart to be a VOL FAN!!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

How do you go through life always with your glass half empty? If coach k were here you would complain.
So they lost a lead, they showed a little composure and pulled through.
How bout take your pity party to another teams site

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Witch Doctor never have a problem with pure intentions..lol
Bones never lie.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor afraid you may be close to the truth..Pearl inherited a little more than Martin. Witch Doctor say Tobias could have saved this program as 20 losses probably sets our recruiting back to the Devoe dark days.
Bones never lie.

Witchy, u have a hidden man crush on devo? Lol

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

Witchy, u have a hidden man crush on devo? Lol

Witch Doctor would super glue eye lids shut before watching another "wait till the paint dries" offensive quicksand. Witch Doctor say just place the black curtains OVER TBA and lets be a lacrosse school.
Bones never lie.
"* DONT SHOOT the Basketball..dribble it!!!" isnt coaching..lol

JimmyJoe writes:

True vol fan here.... Not going anywhere.... Gonna love em and root for em as always... Just don't see many wins this year... Or the next actually.... But I'd rather be a VOL as a tide or wildcat...win....lose...or draw!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

How do you go through life always with your glass half empty? If coach k were here you would complain.
So they lost a lead, they showed a little composure and pulled through.
How bout take your pity party to another teams site

It all goes back to Fulmer for "brett". He's even bitter about BB. He's the poster BOY for the small group Majors refers to as the Legion of the Miserable. People who he thinks are his friends probably can't get out of the way fast enough when he comes around.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Think maybe they will beat EVERY SEC TEAM by 20 points or more

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Witch Doctor in the past has taken notice...Witch Doctor say also those pretty Ivy league chicks appeal to ole Witch Doctor PLUS they probably pretty smart and could make a good living. lol
Bones never lie.

Twelvethirtyone writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

So they shouldn't have set up a difficult schedule? Also, if you're standards have dropped to an NIT appearance, please step aside and let real fans have higher expectations for our basketball program.

So you think playing Duke, Memphis or Michigan, Memphis (again), Kentucky twice, at Oakland (NCAA team last year, beat us then), Pittsburgh, Florida twice, UCONN, Vandy twice, Mississippi State, and Arkansas and expecting to beat these teams makes you a real fan? No, a fan supports their team through thick and thin and is not required to wear rose colored glasses. A fan respects the opinion of another fan when it comes to the reality of a situation and the adversity at hand. I would love for this team to make the NCAAs but reality is, with the coaching change and serious depletion of talent level, we may only make the NIT, if at all. If we DID make the NIT, I would be proud of this team for the effort and support them through the NIT tourney like a "real fan" should. Apparently, you would not... sad. ;)

Navaloranges writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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How's florida doing zz? If you have to bring up uk, you're a reaching troll, instead of just an OBSESSED troll.

Your other screen names (personalities) are much more "interesting" nowadays. Geeze.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor would super glue eye lids shut before watching another "wait till the paint dries" offensive quicksand. Witch Doctor say just place the black curtains OVER TBA and lets be a lacrosse school.
Bones never lie.
"* DONT SHOOT the Basketball..dribble it!!!" isnt coaching..lol

Doug Roth says devoe #1

Lol

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Twelvethirtyone:

So you think playing Duke, Memphis or Michigan, Memphis (again), Kentucky twice, at Oakland (NCAA team last year, beat us then), Pittsburgh, Florida twice, UCONN, Vandy twice, Mississippi State, and Arkansas and expecting to beat these teams makes you a real fan? No, a fan supports their team through thick and thin and is not required to wear rose colored glasses. A fan respects the opinion of another fan when it comes to the reality of a situation and the adversity at hand. I would love for this team to make the NCAAs but reality is, with the coaching change and serious depletion of talent level, we may only make the NIT, if at all. If we DID make the NIT, I would be proud of this team for the effort and support them through the NIT tourney like a "real fan" should. Apparently, you would not... sad. ;)

Anybody piling on coach Zo is a terrible, fairweather fan who isn't needed anyway, imo.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

"I will be surprised if we win against Lincoln Memorial. A Division II school named after a monument may more talent than us this year."

"They (LMU) are ranked #2 in Div II. We are picked to finish 11th out of the 12 teams in the SEC."

Them there r yer quotes Bornwith2faces.

Twelvethirtyone writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

Anybody piling on coach Zo is a terrible, fairweather fan who isn't needed anyway, imo.

Amen! :)

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to Twelvethirtyone:

So you think playing Duke, Memphis or Michigan, Memphis (again), Kentucky twice, at Oakland (NCAA team last year, beat us then), Pittsburgh, Florida twice, UCONN, Vandy twice, Mississippi State, and Arkansas and expecting to beat these teams makes you a real fan? No, a fan supports their team through thick and thin and is not required to wear rose colored glasses. A fan respects the opinion of another fan when it comes to the reality of a situation and the adversity at hand. I would love for this team to make the NCAAs but reality is, with the coaching change and serious depletion of talent level, we may only make the NIT, if at all. If we DID make the NIT, I would be proud of this team for the effort and support them through the NIT tourney like a "real fan" should. Apparently, you would not... sad. ;)

I'll cheer them on in an NIT game, but will be disappointed to be there. Too many trips to the NIT, and Coach Martin won't be around. . .I expect the NCAA tournament, because that's what one should expect. Conceeding the SEC to Kentucky, Florida and Vandy is unacceptable, as is being content with making to the NCAA tournament every once in a while.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor in the past has taken notice...Witch Doctor say also those pretty Ivy league chicks appeal to ole Witch Doctor PLUS they probably pretty smart and could make a good living. lol
Bones never lie.

Doncha love Title IX?

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

The Railsplitters are cool...........should we get excited about your name ......born2ride?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Witch Doctor was single and played in a "hair" band back in day so Witch Doctor got a few wild years outta the way but never the will! hehe
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Doncha love Title IX?

Witch Doctor tried to get Lawyers to wave "Spanking" writ but they make Witch Doctor leave the room! hehe
Bones never lie.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

Who is "WE"?

Navaloranges writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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"Only screen name"...Bwahahahahahahaa!

Good one z..

NeylandWest writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Whoa...I'm digging lacrosse, now.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor was single and played in a "hair" band back in day so Witch Doctor got a few wild years outta the way but never the will! hehe
Bones never lie.

"hair" band? Ummmm....ok. Not surprised.

BUBBA-Deeeeee writes:

IN respect to all, I will be a Vol for LIFE, I am from NE TN, Live in Fl. 60 miles or so from Gainsville , I wanna Hurt some Gators. I guess the days of lester MC, Bill bates Hack sAw even the ROtella dude , Dewey warren , MARY Jane is what did him in... . Paul Ne. bob johnson...... What I am saying Tomorrow is hurting more than ever Lets drop the neg- attitude and start Kicking some butt , Its hard to be a VOL in Florida,, My heart is a Over worked bleeder of VOL Orange/White..

DannyVol writes:

Lincoln Memorial? Please tell me this was a golf tournament and we shot a 67 to win by 9 strokes.

doh writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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nice

FeelVol writes:

Nice win,at this point of the year looks like Golden and Maymon are most ready to play or perhaps our best players.Yemi appears to may develop into a decent backup to Hall.Jordy seems to be getting off to a slow start.Looking forward to this year and player development.

dunglidave writes:

in response to born2ride:

So we get excited now by barely beating a team called Lincoln Memorial?

Give it a break! Go cry some where else!!!!

underthehill writes:

in response to Twelvethirtyone:

So you think playing Duke, Memphis or Michigan, Memphis (again), Kentucky twice, at Oakland (NCAA team last year, beat us then), Pittsburgh, Florida twice, UCONN, Vandy twice, Mississippi State, and Arkansas and expecting to beat these teams makes you a real fan? No, a fan supports their team through thick and thin and is not required to wear rose colored glasses. A fan respects the opinion of another fan when it comes to the reality of a situation and the adversity at hand. I would love for this team to make the NCAAs but reality is, with the coaching change and serious depletion of talent level, we may only make the NIT, if at all. If we DID make the NIT, I would be proud of this team for the effort and support them through the NIT tourney like a "real fan" should. Apparently, you would not... sad. ;)

Are u trying to say you can be a Vol fan and have a brain? I think so too...

movol77 writes:

SHUT UP on the "coach" opinions. The man hasn't coached one regular season UT game yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go get a prescription!!!!!!!

Madkels writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

1- Still don't have a guard that can drive the lane
2- Can't pick up their best scorer
3- Best free throw shooting in a long time
4- Will not win a lot of games
5- Been WATCHING the football team and only played first half.
6- Still say you have to have a strong heart to be a VOL FAN!!!

#6 - Or keep the liquor close at hand!

veinsoforange writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor afraid you may be close to the truth..Pearl inherited a little more than Martin. Witch Doctor say Tobias could have saved this program as 20 losses probably sets our recruiting back to the Devoe dark days.
Bones never lie.

I hope I'm dramatically incorrect. However, after attending the CNC game, I ran through the entire schedule for the season.

Yes, indeed these are going to be the dark days. I'm sad to say, we will see the 300 level curtains again boyz.

Our record this year will be 6-25

volsfan74 writes:

Last Year "supposedly" the reason BP did not play McRae was because he didn't play defense BUT from everything I have seen so far (which I understand it is exhibition) he is one of the better defenders. I still think there was more of a reason BP did nort play McRae.

smokey-vol writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

Whoa...I'm digging lacrosse, now.

I am a FAN!

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Lincoln Memorial? Please tell me this was a golf tournament and we shot a 67 to win by 9 strokes.

No, we won by 9 points after blowing a fairly sizable lead (but we're playing great defense). Of course they're #2 in Division II, so we apparently did something very few Division I teams would have done. Mediocrity is the new standard for Tennessee basketball apparently, and real fans shouldn't have high standards.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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So a "true" vol fan should never criticize the team or decisions made by coaches or athletic directors? A true vol fan shouldn't have standars because if the team ever fell below them as a "true" vol fan he wouldn't be allowed to be upset? Seriously when did wanting to win and field a top level basketball program make one not a true fan?

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

It all goes back to Fulmer for "brett". He's even bitter about BB. He's the poster BOY for the small group Majors refers to as the Legion of the Miserable. People who he thinks are his friends probably can't get out of the way fast enough when he comes around.

All I have ever said about UT basketball, and I said the same thing last year with Pearl, is the fact UT can't shoot the basketball. The 36% in game one vs a team with no starter over 6'5" was alarming. I didnt say it was poor coaching. I also said last year UT was ranked number 186 in field goal percentage, and number 145 in assist. Look I don't create these numbers, I just actually look before I talk. I said for almost a year UT had the worst OL and running backs in the SEC and they would not improve, and yet that made me a troll to so many Koolaide fools. Now UT sits almost last in the Nation in rushing and DEAD last in the SEC East. Stats tell the story, not wins or losses, and until these stats are corrected, UT will not be a player in either sport. UT must find a pure shooter,period. And yes Fulmer teams did run well and stop the run better than most. But to so many young playstation fans, that kinda football was boring. Pearl inherited two great shooters in Lofton and Smith, sadly he never replaced them with another pure shooter. He tried to get Jenkins, but Vandy landed him and now the Dores are number 7 in the Nation. It's just facts sir, you make it personal.

tnexplorer writes:

Just checked the top 100 commits. UT has exactly '0'. Looks like UT basketball is going down the same path as football, to the bottom.

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