KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wayne Chism had 12 points, 12 rebounds
and six steals and No. 9 Tennessee shook off a slow start to beat
Auburn 81-55 on Thursday night.
Bobby Maze and J.P. Prince both had 14 points for the
Volunteers, while Scotty Hopson chipped in 11 and Kenny Hall 10.
Through the first half, Tennessee (13-2, 1-0 Southeastern
Conference) looked sluggish after its 76-68 win over then
top-ranked Kansas on Sunday.
The teams were tied at 42 with 18:19 left when Maze hit a jumper
in the lane to launch an 11-1 run that seemed to knock off the
rust. The Vols started taking advantage inside, finishing with 48
points in the paint.
Renaldo Woolridge hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to
give Tennessee a 53-43 lead with 13:46 left.
DeWayne Reed had 19 points for Auburn (9-8, 0-2), which was 10
of 24 from 3-point range in the first half.