Feb. 19, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The win over LSU gives the Vols a four-game winning streak, tying the team's longest of the season and its best of the campaign in SEC play.
Tennessee now leads the all-time series against LSU by a 61-43 margin and has won five in a row.
In Knoxville, the Vols hold a 29-16 advantage against the Tigers.
Tonight marks head coach Cuonzo Martin's first contest against LSU's Johnny Jones. Martin is now 3-0 against first-year SEC head coaches this season. He has previous wins over Rick Ray (Mississippi State) and Frank Martin (South Carolina).
The Vols are now averaging a +14.25 scoring difference during its four-game win streak. UT is also averaging 74 points per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 57.9 percent from 3-point range and 78.3 percent from the charity stripe during the stretch.
With Jordan McRae scoring 34 and Trae Golden netting 20 points, it's the first game the Vols had one player with at least 30 points and one with at least 20 points since Dec. 16, 2006, when Chris Lofton scored 32 and JaJuan Smith had 21 vs. Western Kentucky.
Tonight's attendance was 15,086. Tennessee entered the contest ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance (17,070).
FOR STARTERS The Vols started the same five as the wins against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, sending guards Trae Golden, Jordan McRae, Josh Richardson and Armani Moore to the floor, in addition to sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes. This starting lineup is now 3-0.
Richardson and Stokes are the only two Vols to start every game this season.
Golden netted the first points of the game for the Vols, knocking down a pair of free throws 1:11 into the contest. Stokes scored the first UT field goal, a layup with 17:02 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore center Yemi Makanjuola and senior guard Skylar McBee were the first to check in for Tennessee, coming in with 14:39 to go in the half.
McRAE ON DISPLAY Junior guard Jordan McRae led the Vols with a career-high 34 points, hitting a career-best 13 field goals. McRae finished the game 13-of-18 from the field to record his sixth 20-point outing this season and his first-career 30-point game.
It's the first 30-point game of the season for the Vols and the first for UT since Jeronne Maymon netted 32 against Memphis in Maui on Nov. 22, 2011 and the most since Chris Lofton scored 35 against Texas on Dec. 23, 2006.
McRae also nailed all six 3-pointers he attempted, marking a new career high for the junior. It tied the most 3-pointers hit without a miss in program history. JaJuan Smith went 6-for-6 from beyond the arc against Arkansas on Feb. 13, 2008.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE DUEL Entering the contest LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III led the SEC with 11 double-doubles on the season, while the Vols' Jarnell Stokes was second with 10.
Stokes bested JOB III by recording his eighth double-double in the past 10 games and his 11th of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds against LSU.
Stokes is now the first Vol to record more than 10 double-doubles in a season in the past 20 years.
It's the most in a season since Ian Lockhart had 14 in 1989-90.
1. Ian Lockhart
2. Jarnell Stokes 2012-13 11
3. Steve Hamer 1994-95 10
4. Jeronne Maymon 2011-12 9
T5. Tobias Harris 2010-11 8
T5. Wayne Chism 2009-10 8
T5. Brandon Crump 2003-04 8
3-POINT SPECIALISTS The Vols made 10-of-14 3-point buckets tonight, tying the program's best single-game 3-point shooting percentage at 66.7 percent.
1. 66.7 (10-14) vs. LSU (2/19/13)
66.7 (12-18) at South Carolina (1/8/06)
66.7 (8-12) vs. Alabama (3/7/96)
4. 64.3 (9-14) vs. NC State (1/27/92)
5. 63.6 (14-22) vs. Campbell (12/23/04)
6. 63.2 (12-19) vs. Georgia (1/7/04)
Combined with a 5-for-5 effort from beyond the arc against Kentucky and the Vols 10-of-14 effort tonight, Tennessee has now hit 15 of its last 19 treys.
LIGHTS OUT The Vols 57.4 field goal percentage is the best in a SEC game this season and the best since shooting 60.8 percent from the field against Auburn on Jan. 14, 2010.
40-POINT FIRST HALF Finishing the opening 20 minutes with 40 points, the Vols recorded their third-consecutive opening half with at least 40 points.
Tennessee notched 40 at Vanderbilt and scored a season-high 50 points in the first half in a 30-point rout of Kentucky on Saturday (Feb. 16).
It's the first time recording back-to-back-to-back 40-point first halves in all games this season and the first time since netting 41, 52 and 46 in a row against Texas, North Carolina A&T and Louisiana-Lafayette from Nov. 24-30, 2007.
In SEC games, it's the first time doing so since scoring 45, 45 and 46 in the opening half against Arkansas, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt from Feb. 14-21, 1998.
GOLDEN RETURN Since returning from injury, Trae Golden is averaging 18 points per game, shooting an even 50 percent from the field and adding 5.0 assists per contest in four games.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FELLAS UT guard Jordan McRae tallied his 17th double-digit game of the season and the 31st of his career, finishing with 34 points against the Tigers. McRae reached the 10-point mark with over 10 minutes to go in the opening half.
Trae Golden joined the double-digit crew with a 3-pointer in the waning minutes of the first stanza. He finished with 20 points for his 13th double-figure effort of the season and the 40th of his career. It was his third 20-point effort of the season and the ninth of his career.
Jarnell Stokes hit the 10-point mark with a free throw with 7:27 remaining in regulation. Stokes, who becomes the first Vol to record more than 10 double-doubles in a season, finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
TAKING CHARGE Trae Golden drew the first charge of the game for the Orange and White with 13:23 remaining in the first half. It was his third drawn charge of the season.
Rookie Armani Moore drew the fifth charge of his career with 7:38 to play in the first half.
Tennessee, which has had 11 players draw charges this campaign, now has drawn 44 on the season.
The Vols are now averaging 1.76 charges per game this season.
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH Tennessee had one dunk on Tuesday night.
10:43 - Jordan McRae one-handed slam on a pass from Trae Golden
With one dunk slam, McRae picks up his ninth dunk of the season and the 21st of his career.
AT THE HALF After 20 minutes of play, UT led the LSU Tigers by a 40-30 margin.
The Vols shot 59.3 percent in the opening period as Trae Golden (14), Jordan McRae (14), Jarnell Stokes (6) and Josh Richardson (6) accounted for all of the Vols' scoring.
Forcing eight LSU turnovers, Tennessee outscored the Tigers, 14-2, in points off turnovers and bested LSU 6-0 in fast-break points.
The Vols were 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half.
Under Coach Martin, the Vols improve to 26-6 in games they led at the half.
UP NEXT Tennessee travels to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M on Saturday at Reed Arena (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
The Vols lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 4-1, dating back to 1951.
Saturday's game marks the first time these teams will meet as conference foes.