KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee senior Robert Hubbs III represents part of the Vols’ hopes for a good basketball season, and on Thursday night, he did not disappoint.
Hubbs was an efficient 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line for 14 points in the ll minutes he played in Tennessee’s 83-48 exhibition game victory over Division II Slippery Rock.
“I just tried to go out there and give it my all,” Hubbs said. “I think I started out sluggish on the defensive side of the ball. Once I got back in, I picked it up a little bit. I tried to run through some passes and be active. Offensive side, I got to the line and made all my free throws.”
Tennessee opens regular-season play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, against Chattanooga at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“We’ve got to rebound the ball better,” Hubbs said. “They had a lot of offensive rebounds. We have to get back to the drawing board, and find our man and box out.”
The Vols, despite the lopsided win on Thursday, were out-rebounded 44-35 — much to the chagrin of coach Rick Barnes.
Admiral Schofield was the Vols’ leading rebounder with five in the 15 minutes he played, and Hubbs had two rebounds.