Nov. 25, 2005

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  Coach Pearl

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).

The Vols had 21 assists and 13 turnovers. Chris Lofton added 17 points, C.J. Watson 12 and Andre Patterson 10.

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.





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