Tennessee 85, Louisiana-Monroe 62

Trae Golden scored 17 points as Tennessee found its niche in the

second half to beat Louisiana-Monroe 85-62 on Wednesday night.

The game featured eight lead changes before the Volunteers (2-0)

outscored their visitors 52-29 after intermission.

Tennessee opened the contest with a 9-0 lead before the Warhawks

(0-3) battled back in the latter portion of the first half.

Louisiana-Monroe scored seven unanswered points to go up 16-15

after a Fred Brown 3-pointer with 10:25 on the clock.

That advantage lasted just 44 seconds before Skylar McBee

countered for Tennessee with a 3-pointer of his own. Golden

followed with a pair of free throws to put the hosts up 20-16 at

the 8:59 mark, but the score differential only narrowed from there

and the teams were knotted at 33-all at the break.

Fabio Ribeiro’s bucket with 13:45 to play in the second half

gave Louisiana-Monroe a 48-46 lead. Then Tennessee countered with a

9-0 run that was capped by a McBee 3-pointer with 11:26 on the

clock.

Tennessee didn’t trail again.

Dwight Miller’s jumper at the 10:46 mark sparked a 17-5 scoring

binge for the Vols, leaving them comfortably in front 72-55.

McBee finished with 15 points for the Volunteers, including 5 of

9 from 3-point range. Cameron Tatum contributed 13 points with

three 3s. Jeronne Maymon’s double-double included 11 points and 11

rebounds. Josh Richardson pitched in 11 points.

Tennessee won the rebounding battle 46-27 and got a pair of

blocks from both Kenny Hall and Jordan McRae.

Brown paced Louisiana-Monroe with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

Hugh Mingo provided 11 points and seven rebounds.