PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Thirteen minutes passed before Jarnell Stokes scored. He spent the rest of the game making up for lost time.
The junior forward scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, leading the Tennessee men's basketball team to a 82-63 win against Wake Forest at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Saturday.
The victory clinched a fifth-place finish for UT, which stumbled against UTEP to start the tournament but bounced back with wins against Xavier and the Demon Deacons. Stokes notched a double-double in every game. His 21 points Saturday are a season-high.
Freshman Darius Thompson scored a carrer-high 16 points. Jordan McRae added 10, his lowest point total of the season. Jeronne Maymon didn’t miss a shot, and finished with nine points and five rebounds.
It had been nearly 43 years since these two teams met. They went back and forth early, exchanging the lead four times before UT turned the corner. The Vols (6-2) took a 43-32 lead to halftime and never looked back in the second. UT improved its neutral site record against the Demon Deacons to 1-1.
The Vols fly back to the U.S. on Sunday. They return to the court for a noon game against Tennessee Tech next Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.