Feb. 22, 2014
THE BASICS Tennessee is now 16-11 overall and 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference, while Texas A&M is also 16-11 overall and 7-7 in SEC play.
This was Tennessee's first overtime game of the season. Last year the only Vols' OT game was a 4-OT thriller, also at College Station. This was the eighth meeting between the Vols and Aggies, third since A&M joined the league. Tennessee leads the series, 5-2.
The teams split the first two meetings in College Station, including last year's epic 4-overtime win by the Vols, the longest game in school history, 93-85.
Tennessee lost its first game in College Station in 2002, 83-66.
Texas A&M is 15-2 at home this season, losing to only North Texas and Vanderbilt. The Aggies' only road win came at Tennessee, 57-56, on Jan. 11. A&M is 1-9 away from home this season.
FOR STARTERS The starters for the eighth game in a row were: guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Darius Thompson, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes.
Stokes made his 68th consecutive start, dating to February of 2012.
It was the eighth start in a row for freshman point guard Darius Thompson.
A Maymon layup 2:07 into the game marked the first points of the game.
TENNESSEE `D' The Tennessee defense held Texas A&M to just 68 points on the night, the 46th time in the last 58 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
STOKES DOUBLES UP ONCE AGAIN Junior forward Jarnell Stokes helped the Vols offensively with 16 points and led the team on the defensive end with 16 rebounds.
He now has 34 career double-doubles during his UT career (77 games), including an SEC-best 16 this season.
Hit reached the double-double in the first half along with 12 points and 10 rebounds before intermission.
His 34 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank for tied for fourth all-time in the UT record books. He is tied with the last Dyron Nix, who had 34 from 1985-89. No. 3 on the list of Gene Tormohlen, who had 50.
Stokes has posted a double-double in nine of UT's last 12 games.
The junior bigman was 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Over his last four games, Stokes is shooting 68.3 from the field as he has made 28-of-41 from the floor.
MAYMON BOARDS IT UP Jeronne Maymon had has third double-double this season with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
His other two were vs. NC State and USC Upstate.
It was his 12th game this season in double-figure scoring and 37th of his career.
Maymon grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth game this season with double-figure rebounds. He had nine in the first half alone.
It was Maymon's 16th career double-figure rebound game.
He also grabbed 11 boards in the first meeting with A&M this season on Jan. 11.
He has 10-plus rebounds in three SEC games, also doing it at Vanderbilt (with 11).
DOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLES With Jarnell Stokes (16 points and 16 rebounds) and Jeronne Maymon (16 points and 13 rebounds) posting double-doubles, it marked the first time in SEC play the Vols had a pair of double-double this season.
It was the third time this season Stokes and Maymon -- the only three times for the Vols -- had a pair of double-doubles.
The last time the Vols had two double-doubles was vs. NC State on Dec. 18 as Stokes (10, 13) and Maymon (17, 16) achieved the feat. The other in 2013-14 came vs. USC Upstate: Stokes (17, 18) and Maymon (15,11).
McRAE MOVING ON UP Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 20 points.
It's McRae's 24th double-digit performance of the season and his eighth straight.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 61 of his 104 career games.
McRae now sits at 1,331+TODAY career points as he passed Mike Edwards (1,343) for 21st on the career scoring list. Next on the list at No. 20 is JaJuan Smith (1,384).
RICHARDSON CONTINUES HOT STRETCH Josh Richardson scored in double-figures for the seventh time in eight games with 11 points.
He now has 17 games this season and 27 in his career in double-figures.
Over his last eight games, Richardson is shooting 15-of-33 from 3-point range for 45.4 percent.
AT THE HALF The Vols rallied to lead, at the half, 27-24.
Three players combined for nearly all of Tennessee's key statistics in the first half.
Stokes (12) and McRae (8) had 20 of the Vols 27 points.
Stokes (10) and Maymon (9) had 19 of the team's 22 rebounds.
Stokes had a double-double in 19 first-half minutes.
UP NEXT The Vols continue their two-game road stretch at Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
That 8 p.m. tip-off airs on SEC TV and can be heard on the Vol Network from Starkville.