Monday , Jan , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Lofton sidelined for Vols

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – Tennessee will go into Wednesday’s game at
Mississippi without leading scorer Chris Lofton, who is sidelined with a
sprained ankle.

Lofton suffered the injury in the second half of Saturday’s 64-61 home win
over South Carolina. He could be sidelined for more than a game, according to
Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl, who addressed the issue Monday.

“When you lose any player, the others have to step up a little,” Pearl said.
“When it’s your best player, they have to step up a lot. We’ll have guys move
around and play different positions. There will be increased minutes for

Lofton is averaging 21.5 points per game this season, which is tops in the
Southeastern Conference.