TOP 25 ROUNDUP Golden’s 25 power Ten­nessee to win over No. 25 Wi­chita St.

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Trae Golden be­lieved Ten­nessee could not af­ford a third straight loss, so he made sure the Vol­un­teers avoided that fate.

Golden scored 25 points and sparked an 11-2 run that closed out a 69-60 vic­tory over No. 23 Wi­chita State on Thurs­day night, a win that snapped the host Vol­un­teers’ twogame los­ing streak and handed the Shock­ers (91) their first loss of the sea­son.

“I told the guys it was a must-win be­fore the game,” Golden said. “I knew it was a must-win.”

In its last two games, Ten­nessee (5-3) had lost 37-36 to Ge­orge­town in the SEC/Big East Chal­lenge on Nov. 30 and 4638 at Vir­ginia on Dec. 5. The only other time Ten­nessee failed to score 40 points since the shot clock was in­tro­duced for the 1985-86 sea­son in­tro­duc­tion of a shot clock was a 43-35 loss to Auburn on Jan. 15, 1997.

Ten­nessee broke out of its of­fen­sive funk by shoot­ing 47.5 per­cent from the field and match­ing the high­est point to­tal Wi­chita State had al­lowed all sea­son. The Shock­ers won 72-69 at Air Force on Dec. 2.

“This is a qual­ity win against a qual­ity op­po­nent,” said Ten­nessee guard Jor­dan McRae, who added 17 points. “That’s a great team. They were un­de­feated, ranked. That’s one we needed.”

Carl Hall matched a ca­reer high with 21 points and also had nine re­bounds — seven of­fen­sive — for Wi­chita State.

Texas-Pan Amer­i­can 92, Eureka 64: Justin Leathers scored 14 points, lead­ing four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures, to help the host Broncos (3-7) cruise past the NAIA Red Devils (3-5).

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