Coming off a Thursday night performance which saw him miss the first half but score 23 points in the second, the 6-foot-6 Vol junior scored 21 first-half points and 20 second-half points en route to a 41-point effort Monday night. He and his Richardson Construction teammates collapsed on defense, however, resulting in a 133-113 loss to DeRoyal.
Tatum hit 8 of 19 first-half shots, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range. He began attacking the rim after intermission, sinking 5 of 6 field-goal tries and 10 of 11 free-throw attempts in the second half. He missed his only second-half 3-point shot, finishing the night 13 of 25 from the field, 11 of 14 from the line and 4 of 11 from behind the arc.
Tops for DeRoyal was Vol signee Jordan McRae with 28 points. The 6-foot-5 freshman hit 11 of 17 field goals, 4 of 7 foul shots and 2 of 6 from 3. He also recorded some spectacular shot blocks and a transition assist that almost defies description. Met at the rim while leading the break, McRae made a blind, between-the-legs bounce pass to trailer Brian Williams (who was directly behind him) for a dunk. Williams, UT's 6-foot-10 senior center scored 16 points, and 5-foot-10 Vol teammate Melvin Goins added 11, including two high-flying dunks.
Monday's opener saw Ray's ESG nip First Tennessee Bank 110-107. Ex-Vol Chris Lofton hit 10 of 19 shots, including 4 of 10 from 3, en route to a team-high 25 points. Tony White Jr., chipped in 24 points. UT signee Trae Golden hit 6 of 11 field goals and 2 of 4 free throws in adding 16 points. Current Vols Steven Pearl (13 points) and Josh Bone (9) also contributed to the victory.
Vol sophomore Kenny Hall had a big game for the losing First Tenenssee team, hitting 10 of 13 field-goal tries and 4 of 7 foul shots en route to a team-high 25 points. Lincoln Memorial's D'Mario Curry added 24. Tennessee's Skylar McBee made 6 of 15 shots (4 of 7 from 3) and added 19 points. Ex-Vol Jon Higgins contributed 12.
In the nightcap, UT's Scotty Hopson scored 31 points in leading The News-Sentinel past Richardson Construction 109-106. Ex-Vol Wayne Chism, making his RTSL debut for 2010 after recovering from a 15-stitch gash near his right eye, chipped in 13 for the winners. Ex-Vol C.J. Watson scored 30 and current Vol Renaldo Woolridge 21 for Richardson.