Detrick Mostella, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound guard from Decatur, Ala., scored a career-high 25 points off the bench to lift Tennessee to a 72-68 win at ETSU.
Mostella caught fire at the end of the first half, scoring 13 consecutive points over the final 2:33 of the opening frame. He capped the flurry with a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in the period that gave UT its largest lead of the game at 32-23. The junior scored 12 points in the second half and put the finishing touches on Tennessee’s win when he converted two free throws with 1:11 left, breaking a 65-65 deadlock. After a UT defensive stop, Mostella then knocked down the decisive jumper, essentially icing the game by giving the Vols a two-possession advantage with only 29 seconds remaining.
Mostella becomes the second Vol this season to earn an SEC weekly award, as Jordan Bowden was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12.