Nov. 25, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Junior center Major Wingate scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Tennessee to a 92-58 victory over Eastern Kentucky in a nonconference game Friday night.
Tennessee (3-0) took advantage of 25 turnovers by Eastern Kentucky (1-3).
Wingate, whose previous career high was 14 points against Kentucky last season, was 6-of-8 from the floor and made all six of his foul shots. Lofton, who hit 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range, had two points at halftime and was 0-of-4 from the floor.
Eastern Kentucky was led by Mike Rose with 13 points and Jason McLeish and Alonzo Hird with 12 each.
Colonels senior guard Matt Witt, a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference first team selection, was held to six points on 2-of-8 shooting.
The Vols were 15-of-19 from the foul line and the Colonels were 6-of-12.
Tennessee led 44-29 at halftime. Wingate and Watson were both 4-of-4 from the field in the first half. Wingate had 14 points and Watson 10 at halftime.
The Colonels cut the lead to 46-35 on Hird's hook shot with 16:12 left. Tennessee went on a 13-3 run, taking a 59-38 lead on Lofton's 3-pointer with 12:35 left to play.
Wingate's layup with 6:14 left put the Vols up by 31 to put it away.