MAUI, Hawaii - An early 14-0 spurred the Vols to a 86-60 win over Chaminade in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Wednesday. Sophomore Jordan McRae scored eight of his career-high 25 points in that run as the Vols took control and handily won. The Vols (3-2) finished in seventh place in Maui. UT had valiant efforts against No. 6 Duke (77-67 loss) and No. 8 Memphis (99-97 double-overtime loss) earning much national respect for their performance despite two losses.
Four other Vols: Trae Golden (17), Cameron Tatum (12), Renaldo Woolridge (11) and Skylar McBee (10) also scored in double-figures for the Vols. Tennessee shot 57.1 from the floor for the game including 58.3 percent in the second half.
UT was stellar from 3-point range, making 15-of-27 from beyond the arc for 55.6 percent. The total of 15 made 3-pointers was one shy of the school-record of 16 made treys, set five separate times. In making, 55.6 percent from trifecta land the Vols had one of their best percentages on 3-point shooting with 20 or more attempts in school history. Wednesday's mark trails the record of 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) performance vs. Campbell (12/23/04).
After equalling his previous career-high in the first half with 14 points before halftime, McRae continued his show in the second half with 11 more points to become the third different Vol to score at least 25 points this season.
The Vols' lead bulged to 27 in the second half, on a Golden 3-pointer with 8:00 left in the second half, making it 75-48. Woolridge canned a trey to make the lead 31 points at 81-50 with 6:15 left.
Freshman Yemi Makanjuola made all three of his shots and is now 6-of-6 from the floor this season, a perfect 100 percent.
Jeronne Maymon, who posted the first 30-point, 20-rebound game by a Vol since Steve Hamer in 1996, started the game, but sat out the final 38 minutes with a calf ailment.
Tennessee led Chaminade 45-25 at halftime thanks to a well-balanced attack as McRae made 5-of-7 from the floor. The Vols shot 56.3 percent from the floor in the first half including 6-of-10 from 3-point land. Tennessee's defense was stellar in the first half, limiting Chaminade to just 23 percent from the floor (8-of-35).
After the SIlver Swords scored off the game's opening tip, Tennessee reeled off 14 straight points as Chaminade missed nine straight shots. Renaldo Woolridge's lay-up put the Vols up 14-2 just 5:07 into the game. McRae knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the spurt.
The Division II Silverswords were led by Matt Cousins (17).
The Vols return to the mainland on Thanksgiving Thursday and will play at Oakland on Monday, Nov, 28. That game will be televised live on ESPNU with a 9 p.m. ET tip-off. Tennessee returns to Thompson Boling Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3 for a match-up with #17 Pittsburgh at 5:15 p.m. (ESPN).
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