Tennessee Vols beat Vanderbilt 58-46

Tennessee Vols beat Vanderbilt 58-46

February 13th, 2013 by Patrick Brown in Local - Breaking News

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NASHVILLE - Tennessee used one of its best halves of offensive basketball since early in the season to race to a 40-28 halftime lead then ground out a 58-46 win at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.

The Volunteers' top three players -- point guard Trae Golden, swingman Jordan McRae and forward Jarnell Stokes -- combined to score 35 of Tennessee's points.

After Vanderbilt's Kevin Bright scored to move the Commodores to within one, Tennessee took a double-digit lead with a 16-4 run.

Stokes finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for yet another double-double.

Golden scored 11 of Tennessee's first 19 points with a variety of floaters, driving baskets and one 3-pointer, Stokes twice dunked emphatically, and McRae's 3-pointer gave Tennessee it's largest lead at 38-24.

In his second game back from a two-game absence due to a strained hamstring, Golden returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the SEC opener, a span of nine games.

Though able to get to the rim at will, Vanderbilt shot just 44 percent.