Feb. 13, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The trio of Jarnell Stokes, Jordan McRae and Trae Golden combined for 43 points as Tennessee completed a season sweep of Vanderbilt with a 58-46 win at Memorial Gym on Wednesday night. Stokes scored a game-high 17 points and corralled 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and sixth in a row. McRae (14 points) also added a career-high 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double for Tennessee (13-10, 5-6 SEC). Golden had 12 points.
Tennessee picked up its sixth series sweep over Vanderbilt in the last 13 years. The Vols recently swept Vandy in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011. During that span the Commodores swept the Vols just twice: in 2005 and 2010.
Stokes is the first Vol with 10 double-doubles in a season since Steve Hamer in 1994-95, who also had 10.
Vanderbilt (9-14, 3-8 SEC) was led by Kedren Johnson, who tallied 11. The Vols' defense held the Dores to 37.7 from floor and 3-of-14 from 3-point range.
The Vols allowed just 46 points, tying for the second-fewest allowed in the Cuonzo Martin era at Tennessee. UT allowed just 37 to Georgetown on Nov. 30, 2012 and followed that up, allowing just 46 to Virginia in the next game on Dec. 5, 2012. Tennessee lost both of those games.
The 46 are the fewest points the Vols have allowed in a win under Martin. The previous low was 47 vs. Xavier earlier this year in a 51-47 win on Dec. 29, 2012.
Up 12 at half, the Vols opened the second half where they left off in the first half. The difference was that the offense came from another source -- freshman Armani Moore had his first two baskets of a game as UT took a 46-30 lead with 17 minutes left in the game. Vanderbilt responded with an 8-0 run thanks to a trapping defense to cut their deficit to eight points, 46-38.
The Vols answered with a 6-0 spurt to regain the double-figure lead as Stokes dunked one home. Tennessee continued to hold off the Commodores for the remainder of the game.
The Vols limited Vanderbilt to 32.1 shooting from floor over the final 20 minutes and just 18 points.
Tennessee led 40-28 at halftime thanks to Stokes' 14 points on a 6-of-7 shooting. It was the most points for Stokes in a first half in his career with the Vols.
Tennessee had three players in double-figures by halftime: Stokes, Golden (11) and McRae (10). It was only the second time this season the Vols had multiple players score in double-figures before intermission, the other coming vs. Mississippi State, when two had 10-plus.
The Vols were hot from the floor throughout the first half, shooting 53.3 percent from the field. UT posted their most points in the first half of a conference game this season and the most since a 47-point first half vs. Arkansas last year (2/15/12).
Tennessee used a 16-4 run spanning five minutes to take control of the game building a 35-22 lead with 3:40 left on a pair of Stokes' free throws.
Golden and Stokes were on their game early. They each started 4-of-5 from the floor as the Vols built a 25-20 lead with seven minutes left in the first half. Golden hit double-figures in the game's first 11 minutes.
The Vols return home on Saturday to host Kentucky in a 1 p.m., tip-off that airs on CBS. The game can also be heard on the Vol Network.