Jeronne Maymon started the game on the bench, and the Tennessee men’s basketball team fell behind. But the usual starter entered shortly after and the Vols outlasted a streaky Tennessee Tech team that poured in points in the first half but stalled in the second.
The Vols (6-2) beat the Golden Eagles 84-63 Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Jarnell Stokes notched his fourth consecutive double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan McRae scored 16 points. Josh Richardson added 13. And Maymon also finished with 13, despite not being in the starting lineup for the first time this season. He entered at the 16:06 mark in the first half, when the Vols trailed by one.
Tennessee Tech (5-6) led by as much as seven in the first half, largely because they made seven of their first eight 3-pointers and eight of the 10 they lofted before intermission. Still UT tied the game before intermission, when Richardson made a layup and the free throw that followed with three and a half minutes to play. UT headed to halftime with a one-point lead (41-40), then surged in the second.
After Tennessee Tech scored to start the second half, the Vols put together a 22-1 run that squashed the thought of an upset. No opponent of the Vols had finished higher than 45.5 percent from behind the arc this season. The Golden Eagles finished the game at 50 percent after making 80 percent in the first half.