Jordan McRae set a new career high on Tuesday night, as the Tennessee Volunteers won their fourth game in a row.
The Vols avoided the dreaded letdown, after their big win over Kentucky, beating LSU 82-72 in Knoxville.
McRae scored a career high 34 points and was perfect from beyond the arc, hitting all six of his three point attempts. McRae also had six rebounds and three steals on the night.
LSU stayed within striking distance most of the second half, and cut the lead to six with 5:48 left in the game. The Tigers seemed to be building some momentum after a Anthony Hickey steal and layup. McRae answered with a three and ended the Tigers 6-0 run.
The Tigers turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, but with the Vols hitting 57% of their shots, including 10 threes, there was very little LSU could do. The Vols held LSU to 45% shooting and 6-18 from three point land.
Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes both continued their strong play. Stokes, who missed a double-double against Kentucky by one point and one rebound, recorded his 11th double-double of the season. Stokes had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Golden added 20 points and 8 assists. Golden, McRae, and Stokes combined for 67 of Tennessee’s 82 points.
With the win Tennessee improves to 15-10 overall and 7-6 in the SEC. LSU falls to 15-9 and 6-7 in the SEC.
Tennessee will next travel to College Station, TX to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies recently lost to Vanderbilt, and will take on Auburn Wednesday night.
Tennessee and Texas A&M will be shown on the SEC network on Saturday at 4:00 PM EST.