Feb. 23, 2013
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The game was the longest in Tennessee history, at four overtimes.
The Vols are now 4-0 all-time in games that go three (3-0) or four (1-0) overtimes in history.
The Vols last three-time game was a 79-78 win over Alabama on Dec. 19, 1979. The other three-overtime wins were: 87-81 over Georgia on Feb. 10, 1979 and 78-76 over Mississippi State on March 6, 1967. That game at Mississippi State, was the only other road game that went that long.
That 78-76 win in Starkville won the Vols the SEC Championship and sent them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, in 1967.
This was the Vols first overtime game of the 2012-13 season.
All-time Tennessee is now 37-49 in overtime games.
Tennessee's last OT game was in the SEC Tournament, a 77-72 loss to Ole Miss (3/9/12). Their last win came at LSU (2/28/12), 74-69.
The Vols' last double-overtime game was the epic 99-97 loss to Memphis in Maui last season on Nov. 22, 2011.
Saturday's game was the first between the Vols and Aggies as conferences foes in the SEC. All-time, Tennessee leads the series, 5-1, with the lone loss in College Station in the only other meeting at A&M, an 83-66 loss on Dec. 4, 2002.
Saturday marked just Tennessee's 11th all-time game in the state of Texas. The Vols are 5-6 in The Lone Star State. The Vols have previous appearances in the following cities: Austin (1-1), College Station (1-1), Dallas (1-0), El Paso (1-1), Houston (1-2), San Antonio (0-1).
The Vols rallied for a win in the final 10 minutes for the fourth time this season.
FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK
Tennessee now has a five-game win streak -- its longest of the season.
The win streak is the Vols' longest since a seven-game win streak to start the 2010-11 season.
The last time the Vols win five or more SEC games in row was in 2007-08, when Tennessee ripped off eight conference wins in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 20, 2008.
Vols junior Trae Golden is averaging 20.8 points in UT's last five games while shooting nearly 50 from the field and .891 from the foul line (41-of-46).
After starting the season 0-6 in true road games, the Vols won their third road game in a row. It is a similar trend to last season when the Vols started 0-7 in road games before winning three of their last four.
iIth three road wins in a road in conference games (at South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M), the Vols have three SEC road wins a row for the first time since that same overall 8-game win streak in Jan.-Feb. 2008. That streak saw the Vols win four in a row on the road (at Alabama, Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia).
THREE 20-POINT SCORERS
Three Vols scored 20 or more points: Trae Golden (32), Jordan McRae (23) and Jarnell Stokes (20). The last time the Vols had three players score 20 or more in a game was Feb. 5, 2008 vs. Florida: Chris Lofton (26), JaJuan Smith (23) and Tyler Smith (23).
STOKES DOING WHAT STOKES DOES
Jarnell Stokes had his 12th double-double of the season with 20 points and 16 rebounds. He has double-doubles in eight of his last nine games including a streak of six in a row. Stokes' 12 double-doubles are the most since Ian Lockhart in 1989-90, who had 14 that year.
Trae Golden has been a machine since his return to action from a hamstring injury. Golden scored in double-figures for the fifth game in a row and 14th game this season with a career-high 32 at Texas A&M. He now has 41 career games in double-figures all in his last 68 games.
Golden scored 20 points for the fourth time this season and 10th time in his career.
Coming off his career-high 34 points vs. LSU, Jordan McRae tallied 23 for his 18th game this season in double-figures and 32nd time in his career. McRae has scored 10-plus in his last four games and five of his last six.
McRae has seven 20-point games this season and nine in his career.
With 20 points Jarnell Stokes scored in double-figures for the 17th time this season and 25th time in his career including eight of his last nine games -- all of which were double-doubles. It was Stokes third-career 20-point game.
Skylar McBee tallied 12 points, his most since also tallying 12 vs. Presbyterian. His season-high of 14 came in the opener vs. Kennesaw State. It was McBee's fifth game in double-figures this season and 19th in his carere.
SCORCHING THE NETS
Tennessee is shooting .610 from 3-point range in its last three games (25-of-41). UT shot 10-of-21 at Texas A&M. The Vols were a perfect 5-of-5 from long range in their home win over Kentucky last Saturday.
Against LSU on Tuesday, UT shot 10-of-15 from beyond the arc.
Jordan McRae made his first two 3-pointers of the game to give him nine consecutive 3-pointers made over a three-game span. McRae finally saw the end to his streak as he missed a trey with 10:09 left in the first half.
With the four overtime games, several Vols played career-highs in minutes as the game lasted 60 total minutes: Trae Golden (56), Jordan McRae (56), Jarnell Stokes (53), Skylar McBee (48) and Josh Richardson (43) all played career-highs.
Also of note, NO Vols fouled out, while four players on Texas A&M fouled out. The overall foul count was 28-26, with more called on the Aggies. All five Vols starters finished with four fouls.