The highlights of Game 2 were numerous:
• Brandon Crump produced 19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 25 minutes. Half of his rebounds came off the offensive boards.
• Scooter McFadgon hit half of his field-goal tries (6 of 12) and chipped in 17 points and 4 assists in 19 minutes.
• Stanley Asumnu turned in a second consecutive big game, hitting 5 of 6 from the floor en route to scoring 14 points in 15 minutes. He says he likes the Vols' faster pace, and he's certainly proving it so far.
• Jemere Hendrix added 12 points and 7 rebounds, with four of the caroms coming off the offensive glass.
• Freshman Major Wingate hit 4 of 5 shots and contributed 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots in 20 minutes.
• Freshman Dane Bradshaw was 3 of 3 from the floor, with a pair of 3-pointers, en route to an 8-point, 3-assist, 2-steal performance in 16 minutes as the backup point guard.
• Justin Albrecht, who missed all but two games last season, hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range, adding 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes.
• Boomer Herndon used his 7-foot frame to produce 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in just 11 minutes.
Just about the only players who struggled were starting guards John Winchester and C.J. Watson. Winchester sank just 1 of 7 from the floor, while Watson committed an uncharacteristic 4 turnovers in 21 minutes at the point. Watson did, however, contribute 8 points and 6 assists to the cause.
The Vols open for real this Friday against Wofford (7:30 tipoff) at Thompson-Boling Arena. This doesn't project to be a great team but, based on the early returns, it looks to be a very entertaining team ... even without Ron Slay.