Trae Golden scored 25 points and Tennessee beat No. 23 Wichita State 69-60 on Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak and hand the Shockers their first loss of the season.
Tennessee shot 47.5 percent to end a brutal offensive slump. In its two games leading up to this one, Tennessee had lost 37-36 to Georgetown in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Nov. 30 and 46-38 at Virginia on Dec. 5. The only other time Tennessee failed to score 40 points since the shot clock was introduced in 1986-87 was a 43-35 loss to Auburn on Jan. 15, 1997.
The Volunteers (5-3) are shooting 50.8 percent in their wins and 29.1 percent in their losses this season.
Jordan McRae added 17 points for Tennessee.
Carl Hall matched a career high with 21 points and had nine rebounds - seven offensive - for Wichita State (9-1), which was seeking the first 10-0 start in school history. The Shockers started 9-0 in 2004-05 and 2006-07.
Tennessee won despite playing most of the second half without Jarnell Stokes,...