Undressed: Turnovers, poor shooting doom Vols, 65-47

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, center, watches from the bench along with Kenny Hall (20), Josh Richardson (1) and Trae Golden (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, center, watches from the bench along with Kenny Hall (20), Josh Richardson (1) and Trae Golden (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trae Golden on loss to Vandy

NASHVILLE — Cuonzo Martin broke out the University of Tennessee's hallowed orange sports coat for Tuesday's game at Vanderbilt.

If not for Martin's patience, the Vols' performance could have easily put their coach in a straight jacket.

The Commodores dominated and led from start to finish, scoring a 65-47 SEC men's basketball victory before a capacity crowd of 14,316 at Memorial Gymnasium.

UT committed a season-high 25 turnovers and shot a season-low 35.3 percent from the floor, including 1-of-10 beyond the 3-point arc.

"You have to be patient," Martin said. "They are getting better and making progress. I don't get caught up in the final score. We played a physical, experienced team tonight."

Tennessee (9-11, 1-4 SEC) faced its largest halftime deficit of the season, 40-21, and trailed by as many as 27 points to Vanderbilt (15-5, 5-1).

The 47 points were a season-low for the Vols, and the 18-point margin of defeat matched the 69-51, Jan. 4 loss at Memphis as the most lopsided of the season.

Junior Jeronne Maymon led the Vols with 15 points and eight rebounds, impressing Martin with his ability to embrace the hostile road environment while many of his teammates faltered.

"That was the most physical game I've played in this year," Maymon said. "I think a couple of guys got rattled."

Freshman Jarnell Stokes wasn't shaken up so much as thwarted. The talented mid-term freshman enrollee had 10 rebounds in his 24 minutes, but he was held to six points on 2-of-5 shooting and turned the ball over seven times.

Stokes also got caught up in a double technical foul with Vanderbilt senior Festus Ezeli with 17:30 left and Vanderbilt up 40-23.

"This will be a good thing for (Stokes)," Martin said, "to go through something like that."

"Something like that" led Martin to empty his bench in search of players willing to put up a fight. Freshman point guard Wes Washpun had three rebounds, two steals and two assists in 13 minutes, and freshman Yemi Makanjuola had seven points and six rebounds in 12 minutes.

"You have to embrace these types of situations; the good ones do," Martin said. "Some guys, they just don't have it. It's in your chest. You have it, or you don't."

Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 23 points while John Jenkins finished with 16, his final two coming at the free-throw line with 1:25 left when Makanjuola was ejected for a flagrant foul.

Martin said Makanjuola meant to foul Jenkins to prevent a breakaway, but that, "Yemi wasn't trying to hurt anybody; he's not that kind of guy."

Vanderbilt jumped out to a 9-0 lead by capitalizing on four UT turnovers in the opening 4½ minutes.

The Vols pulled back to 13-8 on a pair of Renaldo Woolridge free throws at the 13:39 mark, but the rally was short lived.

The Commodores went on an 13-0 run, holding UT scoreless on 12 consecutive possessions before Stokes broke the dry spell at the 6:30 mark with a tip-in to cut Vandy's lead to 26-10.

The Commodores took their largest lead of the night, 54-27, with 10:50 left when Dai-Jon Parker hit a 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 run and send the "white-out" crowd into a frenzy.

Vanderbilt asked its fans to wear white shirts in an effort to make the Memorial Gym atmosphere more daunting.

The Vols had gotten as close as 16 in the second half on a pair of Maymon free throws that made it 43-27 with 15:24 remaining.

Maymon played the second half after leaving the game with 29.1 seconds left in the opening half with a neck injury.

"I jammed my neck, and I kinda blacked out," said Maymon, who fell to the floor as the result of the hard foul. "It was a little tingly feeling. I'll get some heat on it tonight."

Martin, meanwhile, likely will bring the heat to the pending film session. UT's perimeter players shot a combined 5-of-28 from the floor, and point guard Trae Golden was 2-of 11 shooting with no assists in 33 minutes.

"It's embarrassing any time you lose by 20 points, whether it's on ESPN or not on TV at all, it's just an embarrassing game," a dejected Golden said. "Then, to hear their fans say, 'this is our state,' we have a lot of pride in our school, and that's something we really took to heart."

UT drops to 0-6 on road, its longest road losing streak since the 2006-07 Sweet 16 team dropped seven straight.

Martin said he plans to wear the orange jacket again when the Vols play host to Vanderbilt in both teams' regular-season finale on March 3 in Thompson-Boling Arena.

"We'll see if we wear it again before that," said Martin, who had not previously worn the orange jacket.

Former UT coach Ray Mears started the tradition of wearing the orange sports coat during his tenure (1962-1977), and former coach Bruce Pearl brought the custom back the past six seasons for the games against rivals Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

Tennessee returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday (TV: ESPN2) against Auburn (12-7, 2-3) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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dbc5361 writes:

Crickets....... That Richardson sure can d-up. Have fun at thug U Stokes, you fit right in.

Munsterlander writes:

wow - ugly

vollaw writes:

I have never seen two worse, consecutive night, performances by basketball teams wearing orange in my life. Hope this week gets better fast.

AFTiger writes:

The Vols are screwing up a lot of their former opponents' RPIs. LOL.

HtownVol writes:

I want to know why Skylar McBee stayed in the game. He could not score for anything and it was not defense that he was playing on Jenkins and Taylor. McBee was WAY overmatched and was killing UT tonight.

That said, the whole team was as bad as bad gets. Stokes got it going with his first 3 shots being within 2 feet and all misses.

I dont know how a SEC team is unable to execute a simple pass but UT is the worst at it. One time tonight UT attempted a handoff and it was turned over. It was just horrific to see UT attempt to pass the ball.

I never miss a second of UT basketball or football but tonight may be as frustrated as I have ever been, just to se the lack of fundamental basketball.

McBee having a wide open shot and losing it going up and McRae attempting to drive the ball and falling summed up the evening, UT could not do the first thing right tonight.

Yemi will look bad for what he did, it was wrong.. but Chaingang started it and Vandy was trying to rub it in at the end.

I really hope to never see this brand of basketball at UT again.

The thing is I dont see any help coming in next season..
GO VOLS

born2ride writes:

Good Grief!

Wade Houston has returned.

Blow out losses to Vandy & Memphis. We will get killed at Kentucky.

We are 9-11.

0-6 on the road.

1-4 and at the bottom of the SEC. Only ahead of South Carolina.

We beat a couple of over-rated teams at home and everybody gets excited.

We are not going to make the NIT and can forget about the NCAA.

6 points and 7 turnovers from Stokes. He has 13 turnovers in 3 games. And he is suppose to be the high school kid who turns the UT program around? duh!

We look sick. No offense, no defense just turnovers. We shot 1-10 from three point land.

Martin does not deserve to wear the orange jacket. It was worn by UT coaching legends Ray Mears and Bruce Pearl. Martin has never coached any team to the NCAA tourney.

Conzo Martin was another terrible hire by Mike Hamilton. We are stuck with him another year or so like Dooley. I hope Dave Hart makes the move and brings in some experienced big name coaches soon for basketball and football and makes our programs relevant again.

Go Big Orange!

bigdisbig writes:

in response to dbc5361:

Crickets....... That Richardson sure can d-up. Have fun at thug U Stokes, you fit right in.

Crow while you can sissy boy. Your rear will get handed back to you at our house.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

we are just a terrible road team, this was exactly what I predicted for this game, if we win one road game this season it will be a miracle.

thevoice writes:

in response to dbc5361:

Crickets....... That Richardson sure can d-up. Have fun at thug U Stokes, you fit right in.

Careful, Chief. He was strongly recruited by and heavily considered going to VU.

HtownVol writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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Say what you want about the game but Stokes talents are undeniable. It was what his 50th-65th minutes in college basketball??? Every announcer calling UT games lately have been amazed with his talent. You can bash UT basketball if you want but SStokes will be a lottery pick when he leaves.

lomas98 writes:

Can't win games when that careless with the ball. Back court had absolutely no production. Cam tatum had a great game saturday, but disappeared again on the road. Vandy is an experienced team who plays well at home and certainly defended it tonight. When we have inconsistent play from our guards this will happen because we have no shooter who can get us out of a slump offensively. Can't rely on inside play and work the shot clock when down 12-15 points.

As far as Jenkins getting clotheslined. That is what you get when chucking up a 3 early in shot clock up 20 with under 2 minutes to play. If this was baseball you would have got a ball in the back next time up.

dbc5361 writes:

Didn't hear any Bert Bertlekamp "money!" tonight.

volnasty writes:

wow that was bad tatum is a bum glad he is almost gone we still need a point guard who looks like he has a handle on the ball.i thought a win would be tough after they lost saturday but that was really bad.stokes is a beast but looks like he needs work on his footwork and if festus would have slapped me in the head like he did jarnell i would have blasted him somehow i think yemi was getting a little pay back.maybe baseball can surprise us this year.GBO

thevoice writes:

Road wins call for strong basketball IQ, toughness, and great D. Besides decent D at times, I'm not sure this team has the other two qualities. Seems like Maymon comes to play more often than his teammates. This team will go nowhere fast if its point guard woes continue.

doh writes:

where has the shooting gone? this team has turned into a turnover machine. its hard to believe a team can be good at home and stink so bad on the road.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

Don't it just turn one's stomach??

McBee (primarily a three-point threat, and at least it looked like he was going to shoot a trey and with NOBODY defending him) loses the ball and on that turnover, Tchiengang (not a pretty good three-point shooter, and looked like he was going to shoot a trey and with NOBODY defending him) shoots and makes one.

What's the future hold for the Tennessee Rollercoasters...er...VOLS!!??

thevoice writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Missed what? Was there a "game" tonight? I was at Memorial Gym wondering what all the cheering was about. Guess there was a game going on.

LSG410EC83 writes:

Bad game, bad night is all there is to it. Stokes is still young and will learn from this one. If we hit any 3's, even as sorry as we played and they miss some we would have still been in the game. But would of, should of , could of does not show up on the scoreboard. Still believe in this team and coach. I guess now many of the so called fans will say I have drank the koolade. Well, if it is Big Orange Koolade, pour me up a big ole glass. I have been a Vol fan all of my life and will continue. And by the way, the Yemi foul was uncalled for and I believe he will pay come this week in practices. Doesn't matter, this game is in the record books. Look forward to saturday. Will be there with bells on. It is still GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to dbc5361:

Didn't hear any Bert Bertlekamp "money!" tonight.

...he probably didn't even earn that much money tonight.

eduardo writes:

When your guard play is as suspect as ours this is what will happen on most nights! just sayin

tomkats3242 writes:

If you don't donate money to the university or have at least a eigth grade education you need to quit writing on this site. Read your article before you post it. You are the only one interested in reading it. GBO

VOLtage writes:

Wow, the Lady Vols last night and the guys tonight I'm starting to know what it feels like to be a Washington Generals fan.

dbc5361 writes:

Con_zo said the big ugly that clotheslined Jenkins was just trying to stop a breakaway, then he said he didn't see the play. 13 SEC teams hope he sticks around a while!

notorange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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+1............and the ball out of bounds

bah4vols#266620 writes:

in response to vollaw:

I have never seen two worse, consecutive night, performances by basketball teams wearing orange in my life. Hope this week gets better fast.

I absolutely could not agree more. Horrible performances.

dbc5361 writes:

Seen WitchDoctor leaving at the 10:00 minute mark with a tear in his eye. Bones lied.

abnermc writes:

Thought Washpun played decent & Maymon played well in spite of the constant weight he was carrying w/ a Vandy player riding. No one else showed up.
The Refs let the game get out of hand. Ezeli should have been sent home when he intentionally clobbered Stokes. Who would have ever thought Vandy: thugville!

Ttown writes:

Like we didnt see this coming

alfrizzle097 writes:

I can't understand this team. I don't think it is simply a lack of talent. They have enough guys that have shown flashes that I think they are so limited they can't compete.

I don't think it is coaching. Florida, Miss St, Kentucky, and UConn were games they looked pretty good in... and Miss St was on the road. That is the same team that beat Vandy AT Vandy.

IQ? Maybe... but they didn't turn the ball over like that against UConn. I think these guys just don't have IT. Call it chemistry, composure, toughness, or will. I dunno at this point. Just IT.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

This game was lost in part due to turnovers. If the team ate turnovers, with energy from the sugar, maybe there would have been a much better outcome.

TheFuj writes:

We go from a big win against UConn to this. The GA and Vandy games were just horrible basketball. Reminded me of the KY game years ago when we lost by around 40 points.
Seniors have to step up in away games, and Tatum just cannot do it except 1 out of 5 games.
10% shooting 3 pts.
Guards were 5 of 28 for 13 points. Terrible.
McRae/McBrick were McTerrible. They were identical 0-3 shooting, 2 turnovers, and 2 fouls for each. They are not freshman are they?
25 TURNOVERS.

HtownVol writes:

Before someone corrects me (if not already) I said Chaingang started the ugly play, it was Fetus Ezeli..My bad

underthehill writes:

Vandy played their best tonight. This is the same UT team that beat U Conn and it is a work in progress. I am in no way concerned about Stokes..he is young and learning and his talent is obvious to any knowledgeable basketball fan..Vol or otherwise..I didn't see Stokes or Maymon back down from inside contact..and there was plenty of that..I would like to see more of Washpun at point and Golden at shooting guard..poor shooting and turnovers were not the whole story. Credit Vandy with playing a very good game and go back to work..Gotta get Auburn..Lastly..Maymon fought as hard as any player I have seen this year.

thevoice writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

I can't understand this team. I don't think it is simply a lack of talent. They have enough guys that have shown flashes that I think they are so limited they can't compete.

I don't think it is coaching. Florida, Miss St, Kentucky, and UConn were games they looked pretty good in... and Miss St was on the road. That is the same team that beat Vandy AT Vandy.

IQ? Maybe... but they didn't turn the ball over like that against UConn. I think these guys just don't have IT. Call it chemistry, composure, toughness, or will. I dunno at this point. Just IT.

IT = IQ

I learned this in elementary logic class.

lomas98 writes:

With road trips next to ky and FL it will not get easier on the road. Need to forget about this one just like they should have forgot about uconn after Saturday. A lot better tn teams have been beat by worse vandy teams in memorial. Tonight has not been indicative of the way this team has played all year. Ran up against an senior laden team knowing they had to defend their home court. This was first game stokes played against some experience on front line.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to AFTiger:

The Vols are screwing up a lot of their former opponents' RPIs. LOL.

WE have two wins against ranked teams, one of which is the defending national champion. That should shut you up, but I'm guessing it won't.

sorkb writes:

Nice cheap shot by Mahjusbhaldvmjsebhabhabha!!
May have been be best defensive play of the night.

jt45 writes:

I hope CC can find a guard this year because we need one bad, there just isn't anyone to run the plays right now and Golden isn't getting it done. I dont have ESPNU but it sounded ugly over the air on both sides. Having heard coach martins comments earlier in the week I wouldn't be surprised to see some more changes in the lineup. Taylor is too much for our guys to handle one on one.
It would help if coach martin can find a shooter.

sorkb writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

WE have two wins against ranked teams, one of which is the defending national champion. That should shut you up, but I'm guessing it won't.

Do you think that U Conn was over rated? I DO!!

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to lomas98:

With road trips next to ky and FL it will not get easier on the road. Need to forget about this one just like they should have forgot about uconn after Saturday. A lot better tn teams have been beat by worse vandy teams in memorial. Tonight has not been indicative of the way this team has played all year. Ran up against an senior laden team knowing they had to defend their home court. This was first game stokes played against some experience on front line.

Agree 100 percent. This was a good learning experience for Mr. Stokes. Despise playing at that place. That plus the whistling cattle dog trainer just about makes it hard to watch, even when we win. Believe Coach Martin will spend a lot of time with the team watching this one.

HtownVol writes:

in response to sorkb:

Do you think that U Conn was over rated? I DO!!

Is UK over rated? 3 point margin..

However... UT was plain garbage tonight. DOnt sugercoat it, UT was as bad as bad gets.

And NO, the UGA game was not worse. It was trasg also but tonight was the trash that has mexican food left in it for a few days.

Coach Martin, attempt to teach the team how to pass a basketball, namely feed the post ADN STOP PLAYING MCBEE when he is not shooting the ball! I cant be the only one that sees McBee getting lost on defense. He is seriously gonna break his ankles very soon.

WhoIsJohnGalt writes:

Who the heck is Grant Ramey? And why is his idiocy filling up the Twitter box on this page? Take a break, dude.

underthehill writes:

in response to LSG410EC83:

Bad game, bad night is all there is to it. Stokes is still young and will learn from this one. If we hit any 3's, even as sorry as we played and they miss some we would have still been in the game. But would of, should of , could of does not show up on the scoreboard. Still believe in this team and coach. I guess now many of the so called fans will say I have drank the koolade. Well, if it is Big Orange Koolade, pour me up a big ole glass. I have been a Vol fan all of my life and will continue. And by the way, the Yemi foul was uncalled for and I believe he will pay come this week in practices. Doesn't matter, this game is in the record books. Look forward to saturday. Will be there with bells on. It is still GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Vandy had 6 3's and UT had none at one point in the game and UT was behind about 18 points so your point appears to be valid. I also still believe in this coach as does any knowledgeable basketball fan..Vol or otherwise..any critics of Stokes are so far off the mark no response is needed.

wigmeister writes:

Man, did we suck or what!

oldster writes:

Looking for a silver lining, Washpun did pretty well, I thought. How many of those turnovers did he commit? I cannot remember any, but given that the team had 25 he almost had to have committed some. In any event, I thought he played as well or better than Golden (I know, faint praise). This should give CCM some confidence in playing him at the point. His physical skills would make him a better option at point than Golden. If he could perform at the point, it would also strengthen the team at the 2, by enabling Golden to play there and putting Tatum on the bench.

oldster writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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While Yemi deserved the technical, it did not appear that he grabbed the guy with intent to hurt him. It appeared to me as if he were attempting to prevent him from getting a break away.

lomas98 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Vandy played their best tonight. This is the same UT team that beat U Conn and it is a work in progress. I am in no way concerned about Stokes..he is young and learning and his talent is obvious to any knowledgeable basketball fan..Vol or otherwise..I didn't see Stokes or Maymon back down from inside contact..and there was plenty of that..I would like to see more of Washpun at point and Golden at shooting guard..poor shooting and turnovers were not the whole story. Credit Vandy with playing a very good game and go back to work..Gotta get Auburn..Lastly..Maymon fought as hard as any player I have seen this year.

I agree. Vandy is a good team and played like it. Some on this board never want to give credit to the other team and think it was all tn. There are 5 other guys trying to prevent what we want to do and they out executed us. I have no worries about stokes either, anyone with a brain can tell he is legit. He ran up agaainst a senior front line tonight who has been around the block. He didn't back down as you said. Definitely have to beat auburn but if they have zero production from the back court again, it will be a similar result. Luckily auburn will not be able to score like vandy tonight.

oldster writes:

in response to dbc5361:

Crickets....... That Richardson sure can d-up. Have fun at thug U Stokes, you fit right in.

I have seen a lot of grown men get a lot more agitated than Stokes did with the "physical' (that is a euphemism for illegal) defense that Vandy employed against him. However, given the fact that he shoots the ball like phooey from the free throw line and that the refs seemed unwilling to call fouls on defensive post play, why not beat the kid up. That being said, he better get used to it. When he plays in Lexington, unless the Wildcats actually bring a chainsaw to defend him, he will get no calls. He will just have to learn to play through it.

oldster writes:

in response to thevoice:

Careful, Chief. He was strongly recruited by and heavily considered going to VU.

Actually, Vandy gave up recruiting him because he plays too soft. They want men who can play "physical" defense without fouling out.

HtownVol writes:

I wish Maymon didnt soot layups "granny" style. He would be so much more effectice going strong overhanded.

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