Vols Earn Close Victory Against Missouri

Vols Earn Close Victory Against Missouri

Memphis native Jarnell Stokes produced a double-double for Tennessee.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan McRae scored 15 points, and Jarnell Stokes recorded a double-double Saturday as the Volunteers rallied from an eight-point, second-half deficit to beat Missouri 64-62 and boost their NCAA tournament hopes.

McRae, who had averaged 25.8 points in the six games leading up to this one, went scoreless in the first 18½ minutes. He didn't make his first basket until 14:33 remained, but heated up from there to score seven points in an 11-0 run that put Tennessee ahead for good.

Stokes added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Vols (19-11, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Trae Golden had 12 points, and Josh Richardson added 11 points.

Laurence Bowers scored 20 points for Missouri (22-9, 11-7). Phil Pressey had 10 points and nine assists, but he missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the game with 12.6 seconds left.

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