The UT basketball team flew back to Knoxville Sunday after a few days in the Dominican Republic.
After a few days in the Caribbean, though, the Vols should be play to fly on their own.
Fast-paced was the name of the game in the D.R.
While splitting a pair of games against an assortment of players from the Dominican National Team, Tennessee averaged 93.5 points a game and was able to substitute frequently, using 11 players in each game.
On Friday in La Romana, the Volunteers shot just 43 percent from the free throw line in falling 96-92 to Libre, a local team made up of junior national players from the island.
Tennessee had one last chance when Scooter McFadgon stole the ball at midcourt and Stanley Asumnu was fouled on the layup with 12.7 seconds left and the Vols trailing 94-91. Asumnu made one of the two free throws to cut the lead to two points, but Libre's Carlos Sanchez sealed the win for the Dominican team by making a pair of free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining.
McFadgon, who was making his debut in a Tennessee uniform after sitting out last season as a transfer, scored a game-high 36 points on 14-of-23 shooting (61 percent) from the field. The junior guard poured in 25 in the second half.
Forward Jemere Hendrix, who was also making his debut in a Vol uniform after sitting out a year after transferring from Clemson, finished the contest with nine points and eight rebounds and fellow forward Brandon Crump added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Vols were hurt by poor free-throw shooting, only converting 43 percent of their attempts. Tennessee shot 50 percent from the field for the game.
On Saturday in Santo Domingo, the Volunteers came back to win a 95-92 decision against the Under-21 Dominican National Team. A pair of key defensive plays from Justin Albrecht and C.J. Watson iced the game in a final seconds.
Tennessee led 80-67 in the fourth quarter, but the home team closed the gap to 93-92 on a three-pointer by Luis Paulino with 30 seconds remaining.
Watson connected on two free throws to give the Vols a 95-92 advantage with 4.8 seconds remaining after stripping Jose Fortuna of the ball. Seconds earlier, Albrecht stopped a sure Dominican basket by breaking up a 2-on-1 fast break.
McFadgon again led the Vols with 22 points and five rebounds.
Watson added 16 points, while John Winchester (15), Jemere Hendrix (10) and freshman Major Wingate (10) also tallied double-figures for Tennessee.
"We just had a good team effort and made some free throws," Watson said. "It is a good win. It shows how strong we are as a team right now."
High-scoring Vols split pair of games in Dominican Republic
Published: Mon Oct 20, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:29 p.m.