KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jordan McRae scored 21 points as Tennessee cruised to an 87-52 win against Virginia on Monday night.------------ To see the box score CLICK HERE --------------- Josh Richardson and Jarnell Stokes each added 20 points for the Volunteers (8-4). Tennessee scored first and never trailed. The Cavaliers (9-4) left the hot-handed Richardson open in front of their bench, and Richardson cleanly sank a 3 that gave the Vols a 27-11 lead with 10:53 remaining in the first half and control of the game. A Tennessee team that has been sluggish on offense in recent games couldn't miss. The Vols shot 57.7 percent from the field and 8-for-11 from 3 in the first half, including a buzzer-beating half court shot by Antonio Barton that gave them a 48-26 halftime lead. Tennessee managed to keep Virginia off-balance on offense. The Cavs shot just 32.1 percent for the first half. Justin Anderson led Virginia with 11 points, and Mike Tobey added 10.
Team Notes from UVa athletics:
The 35-point loss was Virginia's largest since losing to Washington 106-63 at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22, 2010 Virginia trailed 48-26 at halftime, marking its largest halftime deficit since trailing Washington 55-31 at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22, 2010 Virginia (9-4) is 8-5 all-time vs. Tennessee Virginia is 60-61 all-time vs. SEC opponents The Cavaliers are 52-22 against non-conference opponents under Tony Bennett Virginia allowed a trio of 20-point scorers (Josh Richardson, Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae) for the first time since Nov. 25, 2008 vs. Liberty (Seth Curry, Kyle Ohman and Anthony Smith). Virginia shot a season-high 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the free throw line The Cavaliers allowed season highs in points (87) and 3-point percentage (61.1%) Player Notes Justin Anderson led Virginia in scoring for the third consecutive game with 11 points---------------------------------------Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett Quotes (Opening Statement)"They certainly shot the ball well and they hit some tough shots, but they got some great open looks. They had so much time to get in a rhythm. We've had our struggles offensively, but if we're going to struggle like that defensively, run into that many screens and be that slow to trap, that poor on ball screen coverage, then that can happen if they get hot. They did what they wanted, whether it was post touches on the glass, then certainly they shot it very well. "They separated quick and we couldn't reel it back in. At the end, we were just trying to play some solid basketball and that was a struggle for us too. So that's humbling, it really is. You look at that and you say 'here we go.' We have to get back to playing as tough as we can getting ready to go into ACC play. But it certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth. This will sound funny, but we prepared and had three solid days of practice, we really did. I wasn't expecting us to come out and perform like this. Tennessee is talented, when they play like that they're hard to beat." (On Tennessee's hot shooting from three-point range)"I hope it's that, but I don't think it was that. Sure, they were hot, but there has to be...we were disjointed. We looked slow, we looked tired, we looked delayed in our reactions. Every mistake we made, they capitalized on. Yeah, they shot well, and it's hard to beat a team when they're shooting like that, but they at least have to be contested. They weren't and that was discouraging." (On what kind of three point team he thought he was facing)"I think they were 30 or 31 percent from three. The way we play, if there's a guy we know can't shoot, maybe we'll be soft on him, but ball pressure is really important to us and contested shots. Even on guys that aren't great statically, but we couldn't even get to the shots. We were overhelping on screens and were just a step behind in every way. It wasn't like we were daring them to shoot and we're shocked by that. They just took it to us in every way." (On the contrast from last year's meeting)"I think they're better this year and it remains to be seen where we're at. Whether that's Maymon or not, he gives them 260 or 280, that physicality that they have. Their model was to draw a line in the sand and dare you to cross it physically. That's kind of their mentality. They just overpowered us. They didn't shoot it like that last year."