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November 13, 1996

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee men’s basketball team began its third season under coach Kevin O’Neill with a 72-64 exhibition loss to the Yugoslavia Select team Tuesday night.

The Vols, with seven sophomores and four freshmen dressed for the game, were led by guard Brandon Wharton’s 20 points.

Highly touted freshman Charles Hathaway, a 6-foot-10 center, had nine points and four rebounds. Forward C.J. Black had eight points and six rebounds. Vegas Davis, a 6-3 freshman guard, led the Vols with eight rebounds and scored seven points.

Luka Pavicevic, a 28-year-old, 6-4 point guard, led the Yugoslavs with 19 points. Center Nikola Bulatovic had 12, as did Goran Buskovic.

The Vols were without freshman Isiah Victor, who is being withheld from games while questions about his academic eligibility are being resolved, and junior college transfer Dashay Jones, the expected starter at point guard who is out six to eight weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Chris Gandy scored 14 points Tuesday to lead the University of Illinois to a 77-66 exhibition victory over Australia Newcastle.

Kiwane Garris and Victor Chukwudebe each scored 13, Bryant Notree had 12 and Jerry Hester added 10 in the debut for Illini coach Lon Kruger.

The Illini led 42-33 at halftime and never trailed.

Illinois has another exhibition game Nov. 18 against a Moscow team before it opens its regular season Nov. 22 on the road against Illinois-Chicago.

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Jeremy Veal and Gee Gervin each scored 21 points to lead Arizona State over BC Bosna-Europed Sarajevo 85-60 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.

Quincy Brewer added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Sun Devils, who play host to Marathon in an exhibition contest Monday before opening the regular season Nov. 22 at home against Jacksonville.

Damir Nicevic led BC Bosna-Europed with 20 points, Damir Pindzo scored 16 and Damir Mirkovic added 10 points.

Gervin, the son of former NBA standout George Gervin, scored 13 points in the first half as Arizona State took a 46-25 halftime lead.

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) _ Center Don Faux scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Southern Utah to an 86-71 exhibition victory over Team Alaska on Tuesday night.

Mark Schweigert of Anchorage added 17 points for the Thunderbirds and Tarvish Felton scored 15.

Theo Mayhew led Team Alaska with 18 points, all in the second half, and former Weber State players Jason Kaiser and Jeff Lentfer had 15 and 11 points respectively.

Felton scored 10 points in the first half to push Southern Utah to a 41-21 lead at halftime.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) _ The competition is heating up to win the Oilers’ practice complex when the NFL team moves to Nashville from Houston.

Franklin Mayor Jerry Sharber plans to present to Oilers officials in a couple of weeks a study touting two sites in the town 20 miles south of Nashville.

The $22,000 study was conducted by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company that designed the $290 million stadium where the Oilers will play when the team moves.

Groundbreaking on the stadium is scheduled for April or May of next year.

Franklin officials may push for industrial revenue bonds, which would give the Oilers’ corporate sponsor low-interest financing to pay for the project.

Team officials are still looking at locations other than Franklin for the complex, said Mike McClure, Oilers vice president for administration. Hendersonville, 20 miles north of Nashville, is one location still under consideration.

The stadium is not expected to be ready until the 1999 season.

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