Josh Richardson scored 15 points and recorded a career-high four
steals while Jarnell Stokes finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Jeronne Maymon contributed 11 points and eight boards for Tennessee
(11-5, 2-1 SEC), which never trailed en route to its sixth straight
win in the series.
Chris Denson scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half to pace
the Tigers (8-6, 0-3). KT Harrell added 15 points and Tahj
Shamsid-Deen pitched in 10 points for Auburn, which was outrebounded
Tennessee held a 10-point lead with under four minutes left in the
first half but had three missed shots, one missed free throw and
three turnovers down the stretch, and Malcolm Canada's 3-pointer at
the buzzer pulled Auburn within 33-28 at the break. The Volunteers
used an 11-3 run midway through the second half to bump their
advantage back up to 61-49 before the Tigers made one last push.
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Alex Thompson's 3-pointer with under nine minutes left
ignited the surge and Denson's jumper with just over four
minutes to go ended it, pulling Auburn within 66-60. McRae had a
layup after a Richardson steal to thwart the run and Tennessee
hit 10 of its 12 foul shots down the stretch to seal it.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Tennessee has won eight straight home meetings
over Auburn. ... The Tigers were 8-for-17 from 3-point range but
made only 9-of-14 free throws, compared to 23-of-30 for the
hosts. ... Former Volunteers great Bernard King was in
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