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Final

Tennessee 68

(10-4, 1-0 SEC)

LSU 50

(9-4, 0-1 SEC)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, January 7, 2014

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    TENN 38 3068
    LSU 24 2650

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: J. McRae 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    LSU: J. Mickey 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Tennessee's defense highlights 68-50 win over LSU

    Associated Press

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jordan McRae scored 19 points and Jarnell Stokes registered his 25th career double-double to lead Tennessee to a 68-50 victory against LSU in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Tuesday.

    McRae, who made all three of his 3-point attempts, also handed out five assists. Stokes finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Antonio Barton, who made four 3-pointers, added 14 for the Volunteers (10-4), who have won six consecutive games against the Tigers.

    LSU (9-4) had only two players in double-figure scoring. Jordan Mickey had 14 points, while Johnny O'Bryant III chipped in with 11. Senior Andre Stringer failed to score a point for the first time in his career.

    Tennessee used smothering defense and red-hot 3-point shooting to take a 38-24 halftime lead. LSU made just 34 percent (11-of-32) of its first half shots. Meanwhile, the Volunteers made seven first-half shots from behind the arc -- four by Barton.

    Tennessee took the lead for good at 15-12 on a D'Montre Edwards 3-pointer with 11:58 remaining in the first half. The Vols pulled away in the final seven minutes of the opening half when they outscored the Tigers 18-4. All of those Tennessee points came from its perimeter players.

    Barton made three of his four 3-pointers in that stretch. McRae made two baskets, including a 3-pointer, and Josh Richardson made two field goals. The only LSU points during that time came on field goals by O'Bryant and Mickey.

    The Volunteers protected their double-digit lead throughout the second half. In the first eight minutes after halftime, LSU cut its deficit to a dozen points on three occasions. Each time, Tennessee answered with a basket -- twice by Stokes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TENN
    LSU
    Points 68 50
    FG Made-Attempted 24-52 (.462) 22-60 (.367)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 2-14 (.143)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-15 (.800) 4-7 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

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