His Volunteers needed a boost.
Donnie Tyndall put it upon himself to provide it.
With his team knotted up at 33 with Texas Southern in the early minutes of the second half, the first-year head began emphatically waving his arms up and down, imploring the home crowd to come to life.
They did, and Tennessee's defense fed off of it.
In those final 18 minutes of action, the Vols outscored the Tigers 37-25 en route to a 70-58 victory Thursday inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
"There is no way we win that game tonight if it wasn't for our fans ...