Vols Stop Stanford in Maui

Behind Scooter McFadgon's 21 points and strong team defense, Tennessee got its basketball campaign off to a rousing start with a 69-57 victory over PAC 10 power Stanford in the first round of the Maui Invitational last night.

Proving the best offense is often generated by great defense, the Vols scored 19 first-half points off turnovers to take a 32-20 lead at the half. UT built the advantage to 51-31 with 11:50 to play, thanks to a six-point scoring spree by McFadgon. However, Stanford (1-1) answered with a 14-0 run, capped by Dan Grunfeld's drive to the hoop, to cut the lead to 53-47 with 5:39 remaining in the game.

That was as close as the Cardinal would cut the gap as Tennessee closed the game out at the free-throw line, hitting 12-of-14 attempts including 5-of-6 by McFadgon in the final 44 seconds of play.

"I'm proud of the guys," UT coach Buzz Peterson said in an ESPN interview following the game. "We stuck with our game plan. We've been after this for a while, getting a win over a top 25 program."

Grunfeld, who is the son of former Tennessee great Ernie Grunfeld, led Stanford with 19 points before a crowd that included his father along with other such basketball notables as Dean Smith, Danny Ainge and Mitch Kupchek.

C.J. Watson scored 16 for Tennessee while Brandon Crump added 10, as the Vols shot 48 percent from the field (24 of 50). Stanford connected on 42 percent (24 of 57). The Vols forced 24 Cardinal turnovers while committing 20 miscues. Watson recorded a game-high five steals and McFadgon grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as UT held a narrow 32-31 edge on the boards.

Tennessee (1-0) started a pair of newcomers in transfer forward (UCLA) Andre Patterson and true freshman shooting guard Chris Lofton. Patterson finished with seven points, five rebounds and a blocked shot while Lofton had five points, four rebounds and two assists. Major Wingate and Jemere Hendrix added six and four points off the bench, respectively, for UT.

Tennessee advances to round two action on Tuesday (9:00 EST) against North Carolina which was picked by Sports Illustrated as the 2004-2005 national champion. The Tar Heels defeated BYU 86-50 in first round play. Stanford, which was seeded No. 1 in last season's NCAA tournament, was ranked No. 24 by S.I.


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