March 5, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tennessee posted its third win a row and 11th wire-to-wire win this season as the Vols pounded Auburn, 82-54. In continuing its late-season push for postseason, Tennessee moved to 19-11 overall and 10-7 in the SEC.
On the heels of a dominating 38-point win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, Tennessee's win by 28 points, gave the Vols consecutive conference wins by 66 points. The two-game margin of victory, is the largest in a pair of conference games since also winning by 66 in back-to-back games in 1965.
All five Vols starters scored in double-figures for the second time this season vs. Auburn. Tennessee has won seven games in a row vs. Auburn including a 3-0 mark at Auburn Arena.
Junior Jarnell Stokes became the 45th member of Tennessee's 1,000-point as he tallied 20 points and added seven rebounds along with a career-high seven assists. He hit 8-of-10 from the floor.
Senior Jordan McRae netted 13 points. Senior forward Jeronne Maymon had a nice early birthday with 13 points and eight rebounds. Fellow senior Antonio Barton scored in double-figures for the second game in a row with 14, making 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
Josh Richardson added 10 points.
Auburn fell to 13-15 and 5-12 in the SEC. Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn with 17 points. Top scorer Chris Denson (19.9 ppg) was limited to three points on 1-of-10 shooting.
The Vols scored the game's first 10 points and never looked back. Coming off a dominating performance against Vanderbilt, in which the Vols limited the Commodores to just 22.4 percent from the floor, in a 76-38 victory.
Tennessee's `Tougher Breed' defense was on display all game for the second contest in a row as the Vols limited the Tigers to just 37.7 from the floor including 37.5 from 3-point range.
The Vols led 24-4 with nine minutes left in the first half, thanks to a 13-0 run finished by a Stokes' layup.
The lead ballooned to 23 points at 29-6 on pair of free throws by McRae, which pushed him into double-figures for the 26th time in 30 games for the season.
Tennessee led 44-20 at halftime for its second consecutive game of holding foes to 20 or fewest points after leading 41-18 vs. Vanderbilt. McRae (13) and Stokes (12) combined for 25 of the Vols' 44 first-half points as the Vols shot 50 percent. UT's defense limited Auburn to 32 percent from the floor.
In the second half, Tennessee continued to keep the Tigers at bay, leading by at least 20 points.
Stokes scored his 1,000th career point on a free throw with 9:34 left in the game, that put the Vols up 63-38.
Tennessee committed just seven turnovers while dominating the paint, outscoring Auburn, 40-18. On the glass, UT corralled 43 boards to just 25 for the Tigers.
Tennessee closes the regular season on Saturday as Missouri comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. That game airs on ESPN at 4 p.m.