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March 7, 2013

Tennessee pulls away for 82-75 win over Auburn



AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jordan McRae kept on rolling while Trae Golden and the Tennessee Volunteers got back on track after a tough game.

McRae and Golden each scored most of their 21 points in the second half to lead Tennessee to an 82-75 come-from-behind victory over Auburn on Wednesday night.

Trying to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive, the Volunteers (18-11, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) went on a 13-2 run with seven minutes left after rallying from a six-point deficit early in the second half.

"We were just telling each other to turn up our energy and match theirs," said McRae, who had averaged 26.8 points over the previous five games.

They certainly had bigger stakes.

Tennessee rebounded after getting upset by Georgia to end a six-game winning streak and couldn't afford a loss to a team trying to avoid a last-place SEC finish.

Golden, held to four points against the Bulldogs, had 16 in the second half. McRae remained one of the SEC's hottest players with 15 after the half.

Golden also had six assists and made all seven free throw attempts while committing just one turnover. McRae had seven rebounds and was 9 of 11 from the line.

Jarnell Stokes had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Vols but made just one of 10 free throw attempts. The rest of the team was 26 of 28.

"When I get back to Knoxville, I'll probably make about 100 before I go to bed tonight," Stokes said. "I hope to never shoot like that again."

Frankie Sullivan broke out of a prolonged slump with 24 points before fouling out for Auburn (9-21, 3-14), which has lost eight straight and 14 of its last 15 games. It's the worst slump during a season for the Tigers since going 1-14 in 1942-43.

Josh Wallace added a season-high 14 points, 12 in the second half. He also fouled out.

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