Tennessee beats up on VMI 88-56

Buzz Peterson must have worked his team pretty hard this weekend, because the team that showed up to play Virginia Military Institute was a completely different group than the one that barely escaped defeat on Friday evening.

Ron Slay scored 19 points and became the 36th Tennessee player to score 1000 career points as the Vols ran past VMI 88-56 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Slay, who entered the game needing 16 points to enter the Vols' scoring club, hit a baseline jumper with 8:01 remaining to surpass the mark.

Slay led four Vols in double figures, including Brandon Crump, who added 14, and Stanley Asumnu and Thaydeus Holden each scored 11.

Freshman point guard C.J. Watson started off the first half with a hot hand. Watson hit three straight three-point field goals. He finished the game with 9 points and 8 assists in 31 minutes of action. This, Watson's second game of college action, had a very solid showing.

Jason Conley, the NCAA leading scorer last season, led the Keydets with 25 points.

Tennessee broke open a close game in the first half with a 13-2 keyed consecutive baskets by Slay. When Stanley Asumnu hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, the Vols went into halftime with a 41-27 advantage.

The Vols travel to Texas A&M Dec. 4 to take on the Aggies of the Big 12 Conference in an 8 p.m. (EST) tipoff. The upcoming contest will be the biggest for the Vols of their short season.

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