The Tennessee Volunteers went out on Saturday evening and got a 71-66 victory over a very solid Vanderbilt team. The victory would be the Vols 100th in the long history on the hardwood with the Commodores.
After a 1-2 start in the conference, the win was exactly what Buzz Peterson's team needed. A close loss with Kentucky
and a 13-point loss in Gainesville, a win over the 'Dores may prove to be just what the doctor ordered. Tennessee improved to 9-4 on the season and a 2-2 mark in SEC play.
Brandon Crump had arguably his best game of the year tonight in the Vols' 71-66 win over Vanderbilt Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Crump had a hand in scoring six of the Vols final seven points.
Following a free throw to give UT a 63-59 lead with 1:46 remaining, Crump added a dunk and a free throw to put the Vols up 66-61 at the 1:24 mark. Crump added a steal with 38 seconds remaining and an assist on a Jon Higgins layup in a busy final two minutes.
Thaydeus Holden's season-high 17 points led five Vols in double figures. Ron Slay added 14, Higgins had 12 and Crump and C.J. Watson each added 11.
Matt Freije and Corey Smith both had 18 points to led Vandy in scoring tonight.
Tennessee led 30-25 at halftime. Neither team led by more than five in the first half.
The Vols trailed 21-18 with 6:32 remaining in the first half, when Thaydeus Holden sparked a 10-2 UT run with two three-pointers to put the Vols up 28-23 at the 3:17 mark.
The Vols travel to Athens Wednesday night to take on the high-powered Georgia Bulldogs in a 7:30pm EST.