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.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...