Jarnell Stokes, Trae Golden, and Jeronne Maymon of the UT basketball team. Courtesy: UT Sports
Tennessee men's basketball team defeated Mississippi State 72-57 Saturday in Thompson-Boling Arena.
This win avoid the Vols from starting 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since 1993-94.
Jarnell Stokes scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Josh Richardson added 16 points and Josh McRae had 12 points as the Volunteers (9-7, 1-3) snapped a four-game losing streak. Trae Golden had 10 points and nine assists.
McRae ended a string of four consecutive games in which he had exceed 20 points. He was the first Vol to score at least 20 points in four-straight games since Chris Lofton in 2008.
Jalen Steele scored 15 points, Fred Thomas had 14, and Craig Sword added 10 for Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2).
This game reunited Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin and first-year Mississippi State coach Rick Ray, who worked together as assistants on Matt Painter's Purdue staff in 2006-07.