After a good week of practice, Tennessee's Marcus Haislip still didn't know what to expect when he stepped out on the court. The uncertainty didn't last long.
The freshman scored 22 points tonight to help No. 16 Tennessee defeat West Virginia, 94-54.
"I was surprised with myself," said Haislip, who was 9-of-9 shooting. "I've been going hard every day in practice and it paid off for me tonight."
Vincent Yarbrough added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Tony Harris 17 points and eight assists for Tennessee (7-0).
West Virginia (3-2) was led by Calvin Bowman's 17 points and 12 rebounds. Keith Kincade added 11 points.
Tennessee put the game out of reach early, giving up only nine baskets in the first half. The Mountaineers trailed 12-9 after Keith Kincade's basket six minutes into the game.
Over the next seven minutes, Tennessee outscored the Mountaineers 16-6 to grab a 28-15 lead after Vegas Davis's three-pointer.
Tony Harris's three-pointer ended the half as the Vols went on to grab a 53-22 lead.
Harris was 6 of 8 with three three-pointers in finishing the half with 17 points. Yarbrough added 14 on 6-of-10 shooting.
"We took some good shots tonight, even when we had a big lead," Tennessee Coach Jerry Green said. "That's not always easy to do."