Vols beat Wichita State 69-60
BY Associated Press
Friday, December 14, 2012
12/14/12 at 6:13 AM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Trae Golden scored 25 points and Tennessee beat No. 23 Wichita State 69-60 on Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak and hand the Shockers their first loss of the season.
Tennessee shot 47.5 percent to end a brutal offensive slump. In its two games leading up to this one, Tennessee had lost 37-36 to Georgetown in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Nov. 30 and 46-38 at Virginia on Dec. 5. The only other time Tennessee failed to score 40 points since the shot clock was introduced in 1986-87 was a 43-35 loss to Auburn on Jan. 15, 1997.
The Volunteers (5-3) are shooting 50.8 percent in their wins and 29.1 percent in their losses this season.
Carl Hall matched a career high with 21 points and had nine rebounds - seven offensive - for Wichita State (9-1), which was seeking the first 10-0 start in school history. The Shockers started 9-0 in 2004-05 and 2006-07.
Tennessee won despite playing most of the second half without leading scorer and rebounder Jarnell Stokes.
No. 20 UNLV 91, La Verne 44: Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 27 points and No. 20 UNLV won its sixth straight game, 91-44 over La Verne on Thursday night.
Bennett, who went into the game averaging 19.5 points, has led the Runnin' Rebels (8-1) in scoring in eight of their nine games and each of their last seven. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks second in scoring in the Mountain West Conference and 34th nationally, leading all freshmen.
Vince Bauer had 16 points and Jake Veith added 11 for La Verne (1-5), which has lost five straight.
Tennessee guard Trae Golden scored 25 points in the Vols' 69-60 win over Wichita State Thursday. WADE PAYNE/Associated Press