Tennessee rolls past Wake Forest, 82-63
Tennessee was sputtering after its debut in the Battle 4
Atlantis. The Volunteers are heading home with a slew of newfound
Jarnell Stokes scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 10
rebounds, Darius Thompson scored 16 and Tennessee beat Wake Forest
82-63 on Saturday in the fifth-place game at the tournament in the
”Good team win,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. ”Coming
off a tough loss the first night, I didn’t think we played well on
either end of the floor. But our guys did a tremendous job of
bouncing back. Really, a lot of credit to our guys for bouncing
back after that first game.”
Stokes needed only nine shots from the floor to get his 21
points, and his 10 boards were twice as many as the total posted by
any Wake Forest player.
”My mindset coming out is never to score,” Stokes said. ”If
someone is open and it’s not my time to score, I won’t try to. I
come into every game just trying to play defense and get as many
rebounds as I can.”
In the Bahamas, that’s exactly what Stokes did: three games,
Jordan McRae scored 10 points for the Volunteers (5-2), who
controlled play throughout. Tennessee outscored Wake Forest 40-26
in the paint, and held a 34-28 rebounding edge in the first matchup
between the schools in nearly 43 years.
Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 17 points for Wake Forest (6-2).
Travis McKie scored 15 points and Coron Williams added 10 for the
Demon Deacons, who shot 42 percent compared with 53 percent by the
Wake Forest lost to No. 2 Kansas to open the tournament, then
beat Southern California on Friday.
”We had three experiences here. We had the decent, the very
good, and the ugly,” Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik said. ”And we
need to, as a team, understand why each experience happened and to
draw from that. We played a team today that is a very mature,
physical basketball team. They threw the first punch, put us on our
heels and we did not control our emotions.”
The game was chippy, sometimes mildly heated, with the teams
combining for 50 personal fouls and 60 free-throw attempts.
Tennessee’s first game in the Bahamas was a late-night loss
Thursday to Texas-El Paso, an outing that left Martin lamenting how
his team was misfiring in a number of areas.
A night of short sleep followed, and Tennessee got right in a
hurry. The Volunteers won their last two games in the tournament by
a combined 34 points, and Stokes had the 22nd double-double of his
57-game Tennessee career.
”That’s what I try to do every game,” Stokes said.
Tennessee wasn’t just hurting Wake Forest inside, the Vols were
even hurting each other – so to speak. After Jeronne Maymon scored
with 18:11 to put his team up 50-34, he slapped five with Vols’
guard Antonio Barton.
Maymon left that exchange smiling.
Barton left it smarting, shaking his hand after a particularly
hard smack from his teammate.
The win came in Tennessee’s first of three games against
Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the coming weeks. Tennessee
plays host to North Carolina State on Dec. 18 and Virginia on Dec.
Tennessee is off until it plays host to Tennessee Tech on Dec.
7. Wake Forest resumes its schedule against Tulane on Dec. 4, and
Bzdelik already was sounding eager to get back on the floor.
”A loss is really a loss if you don’t learn something from
it,” Bzdelik said.