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Stanley shows class

Andre Patterson responded beautifully to joining the starting lineup last night, producing 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Tennessee beat Mississippi State 88-65 in Starkville. An even bigger story, though, may have been how well fellow senior Stanley Asumnu responded to LEAVING the starting lineup.

Finally starting after three years as a backup, Asumnu had to be terribly disappointed to learn he is returning to reserve duty. He swallowed his pride, however, and did exactly what head coach Bruce Pearl hoped he would do – provide solid play off the bench. Asumnu hit 5 of 8 floor shots and finished with 12 points vs. MSU. Three of his baskets came during a 21-5 outburst that turned a 14-14 tie...

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