Jan. 4, 2012
Coming off a 29-point performance against Chattanooga, Trae Golden followed it up scoring a game-high 22, while adding a team-best three assists.
Trae Golden scored 20-plus points for the third time this season with a game-high 22.
Trae Golden scored in double-figures for the 11th time in 14 games this season.
The Vols return to action on Saturday as they host No. 13/14 Florida in an early game with an 11 a.m. start.
Trae Golden is averaging 25.5 points in his last two games including a career-high tying 29 vs. Chattanooga on Monday.
Trae Golden is shooting 61.3 over the last two games from the floor (19-of-31).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Despite 22 points by Trae Golden, the Vols suffered a 69-51 loss at Memphis on Wednesday night. Tennessee's four-game winning streak was snapped as the Vols record leveled at 7-7 heading into the SEC opener vs. No. 13 Florida on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Tigers (9-5) used a strong low-post game, outscoring the Vols 38-22 inside. Antonio Barton led Memphis with 19 points and Tarik Black tallied 18, as he made 7-of-8 from the floor. Will Barton, came off the bench to score 10 points.
It was Golden's third game this season with 20 or more points and came on the heels of a career-high tying 29 vs. Chattanooga on Monday night.
Memphis played great defense, holding the Vols to 36.2 from the floor and just 5-of-21 from the 3-point line. Memphis also outrebounded the Vols by 10, 36-26. Black topped the Memphis board charts. Jeronne Maymon had nine points and nine rebounds in his follow-up to his career performance of 32 points and 20 rebounds in the rematch between the teams.
"They did a really good job of defending us tonight," said Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin "I thought that we did a good job in the first half, but when you struggle to get points and score, all of a sudden your offense become stagnant."
The Tigers contnued to pull away as the Vols struggled from the floor all game. Joe Jackson had two key fastbreak lay-ups and Antonio Barton nailed a 3-pointer with 4:44 left for a 56-41 lead for the Tigers.
Memphis took a 10-point lead at 37-27 on a 3-point field goal by Antonio Barton with 15:21 left in the second half. Cameron Tatum answered with a 3-pointer just seconds later.
The Vols trailed 28-20 at halftime as defense was on full display. Tennessee was limited to just 30 percent from the floor (9-of-30). Golden had 10 points including a pair of 3-pointers to lead all scorers in the first 20 minutes. The officials allowed the teams to play as only seven personal fouls were called and the Vols didn't go to the free-throw line. Memphis was forced into eight first-half turnovers, which the Vols converted to half of their points.
Wednesday's game was a rematch of a 99-97 double-overtime win by the Tigers back on Nov. 22 in Maui.
Tennessee returns home to host No. 13/14 Florida on Saturday at 11 a.m. to open SEC play. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard statewide on the Vol Network.
"Jarnell has been cleared by the NCAA, but he's not eligible (to play games) he has to be cleared by the SEC as well. He wanted to be a part of (the game) and be on our bench with us. So we loved to have him. He's a part of the family. He can come back to Knoxville and start practicing with us, that will be tomorrow. When he gets back with his family, he can get down (to Knoxville), but he won't be able to play games until he's cleared by the SEC. There is some paperwork that he has to fill out, information that he has to send in to the SEC.
"He won't be able to play (games) until school starts. That's the rule. But, the biggest key after that, once he's cleared is when we feel he's healthy enough, and when I say 'healthy,' I mean from the standpoint of conditioning, to be ready to play. Even though he has done a lot working out, he hasn't played an actual game since the end of July — a 5-on-5 competitive game. As it's really a matter of us, when we feel he's physically ready to go and go out there and compete on a high level."