Jeronne Maymon a lone bright spot in another road loss for Vols

Maymon lone bright spot in another road loss

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Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon, left, drives against Vanderbilt forward Lance Goulbourne in the first half Tuesday night in Nashville.

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Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon, left, drives against Vanderbilt forward Lance Goulbourne in the first half Tuesday night in Nashville.

Jeronne Maymon on loss to Vandy

Jeronne Maymon didn't want to hear about being the lone bright spot in Tennessee's 65-47 men's basketball loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Instead, the rugged 6-foot-7, 265-pound junior power forward had a message for his team after the embarrassing loss.

"We just all have to be tougher,'' said Maymon, who scored a team-high 15 points, pulled down eight rebounds and had a steal and a blocked shot. "On the road, we don't bring the same energy as we do at home.''

Maymon has established himself as the Vols' most consistent player, and by doing so, emerged as the team's leader.

"Jeronne embraces a stage like this, he's fine,'' said UT coach Cuonzo Martin, whose team dropped to 0-6 in road games. "You have to have other ones that go with him.''

The Vols (9-11, 1-4 SEC) have three days of preparation to get ready for their next game on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.) against Auburn (12-7, 2-3) in the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Due in large part to Maymon's hustle and defense, the Vols out-rebounded Vanderbilt 40-32, and out-scored the Commodores in the paint, 28-26.

Maymon's counterpart in the paint, freshman Jarnell Stokes, had the roughest outing of his young career, gathering 10 rebounds, but was held to six points and turned the ball over seven times.

Martin didn't appear concerned and went as far to say it was good for Stokes to face such adversity.

Maymon wasn't complaining, either, merely offering advice to Stokes, who has only played in four games since graduating high school early, in December.

"(Jarnell) wasn't used to the physicality,'' Maymon said. "He has to get his elbows up. His turnovers were in the paint when they were swiping the ball from him.''

The Commodores scored 30 points off of 25 UT turnovers and beat the Vols in fast-break points to the tune of 15-0.

Vanderbilt guards Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins struck for 23 and 16 points, respectively.

In fact, all of the Commodores' guards combined on an efficient 14-of-24 shooting night, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, while the Vols' perimeter players were 5-for-28 from the floor and 1-of-7 beyond the 3-point arc.

UT sophomore point guard Trae Golden, one of four first-year starters, wore a look of exaspera

tion after the game.

"I wouldn't even say they were suffocating us ... they really didn't play a pressure defense,'' said Golden, who was 2-of-11 shooting with no assists in 33 minutes. "They were just compact. They held us to one shot, and got the ball and made great plays in transition, executing in the half court, back-dooring us and stuff like that.

"The turnovers piled up, one after another, and it ended up being at 25.''

UT freshman guard Josh Richardson, who was 1-of-5 shooting with two assists and three turnovers in 23 minutes, accompanied Martin to the post-game press conference.

"We didn't play to our potential at all, and we just talked about that in the locker room,'' said Richardson, who also had a difficult time checking the Vanderbilt guards. "But Jeronne stepped up a lot as a leader, making plays and emotionally. He was playing better than all of us.''

Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32

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volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Tell us again why we are reading quotes and opinions of a bunch of freshmen/redshirts who:

a. dribble on their feet, lose the ball and look confounded

b. stop in transition, skid and fall down

c. get stripped one time out of seven helds

d. make baskets but give as many as 75% of the points back with the T/O's

e. show when they are asked that they do not have a clue

f. could not hit the square if that were the target, instead of the hoop---and sometimes would miss the backboard

g. have trouble passing the ball correctly

h. do not know how to say, "I do not know the answer for that; and my play shows it---think I'll shut up, now."

Pulllleeeeezzzeeee tell us why they are being allowed to be interviewed, instead of muzzled until they know what they are doing.

Could it be that the coaching staff is not yet ready to be in the SEC as well? Winning every other game gets folks fired in most SEC schools.

This is part of a $100-million dollar organization that has coaches in football, men's baaketball and baseball---until the new guy---who are shaming the school and throwing muiltiple millions of dollars away.

And somebody wants to interview them to find out something?

Uh...just what would that be that they know that anyone would want to find out?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

The players at least sounded as if they'd listened some. If a reporter ask a question then most players will find an answer. volthrunthru???? We lost . we lost bad. All that stuff you said is probably true. Young teams have bad games. Vandy has had some bad games and they're not young. We'll get them at home. We'll get better as a team.
In answer to your question...NO. It's not the coaching. I feel sure about this. You can go home and rest at ease now.

allvol32 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Tell us again why we are reading quotes and opinions of a bunch of freshmen/redshirts who:

a. dribble on their feet, lose the ball and look confounded

b. stop in transition, skid and fall down

c. get stripped one time out of seven helds

d. make baskets but give as many as 75% of the points back with the T/O's

e. show when they are asked that they do not have a clue

f. could not hit the square if that were the target, instead of the hoop---and sometimes would miss the backboard

g. have trouble passing the ball correctly

h. do not know how to say, "I do not know the answer for that; and my play shows it---think I'll shut up, now."

Pulllleeeeezzzeeee tell us why they are being allowed to be interviewed, instead of muzzled until they know what they are doing.

Could it be that the coaching staff is not yet ready to be in the SEC as well? Winning every other game gets folks fired in most SEC schools.

This is part of a $100-million dollar organization that has coaches in football, men's baaketball and baseball---until the new guy---who are shaming the school and throwing muiltiple millions of dollars away.

And somebody wants to interview them to find out something?

Uh...just what would that be that they know that anyone would want to find out?

Fire all of the coaches! Pull the scholarships of all of the players! Burn your TN orange clothes! Discontinue all UT sports teams! Withdraw from the SEC! Deny you were ever a VOL fan!

Oh the humanity!!!

Back from the brink there skippy...

FeelVol writes:

The tough ones are beginning to surface:Maymon,Golden,Stokes,Richardson,Mcbee,even Makanjuola showed me some toughness not because he clotheslined a Vandy player but because he's not afraid to put it all out there on the line.Lets get behind Coach Martin Vol Nation we're in good hands I truly believe that.

vol64 writes:

in response to FeelVol:

The tough ones are beginning to surface:Maymon,Golden,Stokes,Richardson,Mcbee,even Makanjuola showed me some toughness not because he clotheslined a Vandy player but because he's not afraid to put it all out there on the line.Lets get behind Coach Martin Vol Nation we're in good hands I truly believe that.

Second that opinion.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

Biggest story: Vandy shoots 14-24 on the perimeter (2's and 3's), Tenn shoots 5-28 on same shots. That and 25 turnovers kill you. It doesn't take John Wooden to figure that one out. The main thing is that UT is not yet ready for prime time on the road, at least when it comes to closing out a game. At home, though, they're good enough to go head-to-head with anybody. Ask Florida and UConn, and even Kentucky. Look, we all know they got roasted last night, and the players know it too. And they won't forget Vandy's "kind" hospitality last night. Call me crazy, but this game may actually help UT from here on in. I think they'll come hungry from now on. I can't wait till Vandy comes to Knoxville. Just can't wait.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Another kinda useless article that states what we already saw and know, Maymon is a road warrior and the rest are not. I don't expect Stokes, who was awaiting to see if he was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse so I don't expect him to be a Jared Sullinger like beast this early on. The rest of them, we need to just realize aren't ready for prime time yet and some never will be any better than what they are.

mlynn1 writes:

in response to decades_vol:

Biggest story: Vandy shoots 14-24 on the perimeter (2's and 3's), Tenn shoots 5-28 on same shots. That and 25 turnovers kill you. It doesn't take John Wooden to figure that one out. The main thing is that UT is not yet ready for prime time on the road, at least when it comes to closing out a game. At home, though, they're good enough to go head-to-head with anybody. Ask Florida and UConn, and even Kentucky. Look, we all know they got roasted last night, and the players know it too. And they won't forget Vandy's "kind" hospitality last night. Call me crazy, but this game may actually help UT from here on in. I think they'll come hungry from now on. I can't wait till Vandy comes to Knoxville. Just can't wait.

Great post decades, young teams are inconsistance, especially on the road. We had 25 turnovers that Vandy converted to 30 points and got beat by 18, do the math. If this young team could have cut the turnovers in half, as bad as they shot the ball, they are still in the game with a chance to win.

bkgunter writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Tell us again why we are reading quotes and opinions of a bunch of freshmen/redshirts who:

a. dribble on their feet, lose the ball and look confounded

b. stop in transition, skid and fall down

c. get stripped one time out of seven helds

d. make baskets but give as many as 75% of the points back with the T/O's

e. show when they are asked that they do not have a clue

f. could not hit the square if that were the target, instead of the hoop---and sometimes would miss the backboard

g. have trouble passing the ball correctly

h. do not know how to say, "I do not know the answer for that; and my play shows it---think I'll shut up, now."

Pulllleeeeezzzeeee tell us why they are being allowed to be interviewed, instead of muzzled until they know what they are doing.

Could it be that the coaching staff is not yet ready to be in the SEC as well? Winning every other game gets folks fired in most SEC schools.

This is part of a $100-million dollar organization that has coaches in football, men's baaketball and baseball---until the new guy---who are shaming the school and throwing muiltiple millions of dollars away.

And somebody wants to interview them to find out something?

Uh...just what would that be that they know that anyone would want to find out?

Seriously, Henny Penny, take it down a notch. This was always going to be a tough season-with the worst possible kind of coaching change and the two best players leaving for the pros. It was a really bad game. How do you react to disappointment in the rest of your life? Boy, I'll bet it's fuuun to watch the games with you!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Tell us again why we are reading quotes and opinions of a bunch of freshmen/redshirts who:

a. dribble on their feet, lose the ball and look confounded

b. stop in transition, skid and fall down

c. get stripped one time out of seven helds

d. make baskets but give as many as 75% of the points back with the T/O's

e. show when they are asked that they do not have a clue

f. could not hit the square if that were the target, instead of the hoop---and sometimes would miss the backboard

g. have trouble passing the ball correctly

h. do not know how to say, "I do not know the answer for that; and my play shows it---think I'll shut up, now."

Pulllleeeeezzzeeee tell us why they are being allowed to be interviewed, instead of muzzled until they know what they are doing.

Could it be that the coaching staff is not yet ready to be in the SEC as well? Winning every other game gets folks fired in most SEC schools.

This is part of a $100-million dollar organization that has coaches in football, men's baaketball and baseball---until the new guy---who are shaming the school and throwing muiltiple millions of dollars away.

And somebody wants to interview them to find out something?

Uh...just what would that be that they know that anyone would want to find out?

Can you imagine the level of losership one must possess to
1. Spend the time doing this
2. Take the game so seriously that you would WANT to do this!!!

AMAZING!!!!!!!!11

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Please refrain from hitting the reply button...please refrain from hitting the reply button...please refrain from hitting the reply button...I repeat...I repeat...repeat...repeat...repeat...etc. etc. so on and son on onon and on and on and furthermore ARRRRRRRRRRGHG

mocsandvolsfan writes:

sorry

WelovePat writes:

in response to vol64:

Second that opinion.

Agreed also...and by the way...did anyone look at the "clothesline" in slow motion more than once? He did look like he had him around the neck but if you look...it was more around the shoulder just trying to slow him down. Then it looks as if the player FLOPS...yes, the others that I have talked to say once he feels the contact...he flops to the ground like a rag doll. I didn't believe this until I saw it myself. I was at the game and it did look bad. The students around Yemi at school, that know him personally say he is not a thug like some are making him out to be. Watch it again...he slows him down and it appears he has let him go when the Vandy player just falls to the floor like a dead fish. So sad....I understand they had to send him packing because it appeared to be a really hard foul. Had a little help with the acting also.

AFTiger writes:

Maymon is a superb player and a good sport, as well.

Orangeblood13 writes:

Trolls

Lol

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