By JIM WOGAN6 Sports Director
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee men's basketball team found out paradise can be hazardous, but leading scorer Jordan McRae says there's no reason to panic about the rest of the season.
"I don't think it's time to panic yet. We haven't started off slow'" said McRae before Wednesday's practice.
"We're 5-2 now. We've got a lot of big games coming up. We have to take advantage of all the games in Thompson-Boling."
The Vols dropped their opening game 78-70 to UTEP at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas on Thanksgiving night.
The Vols rebounded with wins over Xavier and Wake Forest.
"To bounce back against two quality opponents the next two days said a lot about our guys," said head coach Cuonzo Martin.
"More importantly it said to our guys what we should be on a consistent basis."
Junior forward Jarnell Stokes led the way in Tennessee's two wins by combining for 41 points and 20 rebounds.
"He knows how to score with the ball, attacking off the dribble. His 15-17 foot jump shot is looking good'" said Martin.
"He scores around the rim. He knows what he does well and its just a matter of doing it."
Stokes scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss to UTEP, but admitted he took more initiative to lead the team offensively in the wins over Xavier and Wake Forest.
"I made up my mind I was going to score with the ball and take shots that the defense gives me and it worked out well," said Stokes.