Tennessee 92, UNC-Greensboro 63

Trae Golden had 29 points and nine assists as Tennessee cruised

to a 92-63 win over UNC Greensboro on Friday night.

The game was part of an expanded Maui Invitational tournament.

The Volunteers travel to Maui to face No. 6 Duke on Nov. 21, while

the Spartans face Middle Tennessee at Murfreesboro, Tenn., in the

regional field of the tournament.

So much about Tennessee (1-0) basketball has changed from a

season ago.

Gone is Bruce Pearl, the animated coach that led the Vols to

their first No. 1 ranking and first trip to the NCAA regional

finals in his six seasons. The Vols are no longer concerned with

the NCAA investigation of Pearl and his staff that lingered all

last season.

Forward Tobias Harris and guard Scotty Hopson left early to

enter the NBA draft and four other seniors who saw regular playing

time have graduated, leaving Cameron Tatum as the lone returning


With five new scholarship players and first-year coach Cuonzo

Martin, Tennessee is running a fast-paced pressure defense. As long

as they put full effort into their defense, the Vols have

permission from Martin to shoot at will.

Their defensive effort against UNC Greensboro (0-1) may not

completely please the coach, but they shot freely anyway.

Jeronne Maymon hit a long jumper and Jordan McRae and Golden had

back-to-back 3s as Tennessee took an 8-0 lead in the first 1:09 of

the game.

Golden had the hottest hand of the night. The sophomore had two

fastbreak baskets early in the game and scored three treys in a row

over a two-minute period that gave the Vols a 40-28 lead with 3:03

before halftime.

One of Golden’s dishes went to McRae, who nailed another

3-pointer with 6 seconds left before the break to give Tennessee a

49-30 halftime lead, their biggest margin of the first half.

Maymon added 15 points for Tennesseee, McRae had 14 and Renaldo

Woolridge scored 11 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The

Vols shot 64.6 percent and hit 15 of 24 from 3-point range

Korey Van Dussen led UNC Greensboro with 12 points, and Derrell

Armstrong and Trevis Simpson each scored 10 points.

The Spartans’ shooting warmed up briefly after the break. Van

Dussen sank a trey and then stole the ball from Golden, setting up

a 3 by Drew Parker that cut Tennessee’s margin to 55-40, but UNC

Greensboro wouldn’t get any closer.

Still, the Spartans gave the Vols some trouble inside, scoring

32 points in the paint and outrebounding Tennessee 34-31. They also

stole the ball eight times and scored 14 points off turnovers.

UNC Greensboro is trying to avoid a similar start to last

season, when it opened with a 15-game losing streak. The Spartans,

who returned four starters and nine of their top 10 players, went

on to win seven of their last 16 games, including an upset of

Davidson in the Southern Conference tournament.

Martin, who put 14 different players on the floor, is still

trying to get a feel for what his players can do. He wants to cut

his rotation to eight or nine players after evaluating as many Vols

as he can in early-season games.