Vols fall to Oklahoma State, 62-45

BAYAMON, P.R. (UT Release) - Tennessee suffered its first defeat of the 2012-13 season, falling 62-45 to Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. The Vols will play in the third-place game on Sunday at 4 p.m., against or UMass, who lost to No. 6 NC State, 94-76.

The Vols (2-1) struggled from the floor all afternoon, shooting just 26.0 percent overall and only making 5-of-23 from 3-point rage. Oklahoma State outrebounded the Vols 40-30.

Junior guard Trae Golden led Tennessee with 11 points -- he was the Vols' only double-figure scorer.

Oklahoma State moved to 3-0 and will play in the championship game on Sunday. The Cowboys built a double-figure lead late in the first half and never let the Vols get within 11 for the entire second half.

Marcus Smart led three Cowboys in double-figures with 17 points along with a game-high nine rebounds. Le'Bryan Nash also tallied 17 while Markel Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Ahead by 14 on seven different occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Oklahoma State finally extended its lead beyond that two-touchdown mark on a 3-pointer by Smart and a layup by Kirby Gardner. Those buckets finished a 7-0 spurt by OSU and put them ahead 54-35 with 7:45 remaining.

The lead moved past 20 for the first time all game as Brown made a free throw with 2:24 left, giving OSU a 62-42 lead.

Oklahoma State kept the Vols at bay early in the second half, taking a 33-19 lead. Jarnell Stokes (seven points and four rebounds) scored UT's first basket of the second half with 17:09 left in regulation.

In a defensive first half, OSU led 30-19 at halftime as the Cowboys outrebounded the Vols 20-13. Smart led all scorers with nine points. OSU outscored the Vols 14-7 to end the half. Golden was the top scorer for UT with five points.

The offenses struggled on both ends as the teams were held scoreless for nearly five minutes midway though the half. OSU broke the drought as former Vol Philip Jurick scored with 7:27 left in the half to give the Cowboys as 16-7 lead.

Tennessee missed 10 field goals in a row, as the Vols did not register a point for 8:21. Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous made his first-career field goal -- a 3-pointer -- with 6:37 left in the half to end the drought, bringing UT within six at 16-10.

Oklahoma State used an 8-0 run to take a 24-12 lead with 2:47 left in the first half as Nash scored. Skylar McBee canned a 3-pointer to halt the spurt with 2:26 left in the half.

The Vols will play in the third-place game on Sunday at 4 p.m. That game will be televised on ESPNU and be carried on the Vol Network.


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