Tennessee outlasts Texas A&M 93-85 in 4 OTs

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Trae Golden scored a career-high 32 points to lead Tennessee to its fifth straight win, a 93-85 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in a marathon four-overtime game.

The Volunteers were up by one point in the fourth overtime when Golden made four straight points to make it 85-80. Elston Turner missed a shot for A&M before Skylar McBee's 3-pointer pushed Tennessee's lead to 88-80. McBee made a pair of free throws with less than a minute left to pad the lead, and the Volunteers held on for the win.

It was the first four-overtime game for Tennessee (16-10, 8-6 Southeastern Conference), and the most extra periods the Aggies (16-11, 6-8) have played since dropping a 116-110 five-overtime game to Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008.

Turner had 38 points to lead the Aggies.

Texas A&M Men’s Basketball
Postgame Notes
Tennessee 93, Texas A&M 85 (4OT)
Feb. 13, 2013 ● Reed Arena

● Texas A&M fell to 16-11 this season with a 6-8 mark in SEC play.
● Tennessee, meanwhile, improved to 16-10 on the year with an 8-6 league record.
● The all-time series between the two schools stands at 5-1, in favor of the Volunteers.

● The game was the second longest in school history, behind only a five-overtime affair at Reed Arena between A&M and Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008.
●For the game, Texas A&M shot 42.3 percent (33-for-78), while Tennessee converted 28-of-71 shot attempts for a 39.4 team shooting percentage.
● The Volunteers made 27-of-39 free throw attempts in the game, including 8-of-12 after regulation … A&M, meanwhile, made 16-of-20 free throw shots on the afternoon.
● A&M had four players foul out of the contest (Alex Caruso, Jarod Jahns, Ray Turner and Andrew Young) compared to none for Tennessee.

● Senior Elston Turner broke his own Reed Arena scoring record (men’s games only) with 38 points on 16-of-33 shooting … He set the previous high-water mark for the arena with 37 during a win over Ole Miss on Feb. 13.
● Six Aggies set career-highs in minutes played during the game - Fabyon Harris (51), Jarod Jahns (42), J’Mychal Reese (47), Elston Turner (58), Ray Turner (34) and Andrew Young (23) … The 58 minutes played by Elston Turner was a school record.
● Jahns also set a career-high with seven rebounds in the contest, while Reese tied his personal best with 15 points.

● The Aggies hit the road for Oxford, Miss., this week where they will face Ole Miss on Wednesday in an 8 p.m. contest … The game will be televised by CSS.
● Tennessee, meanwhile, returns to Knoxville to host Florida on Tuesday.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
Opening statement
“I am disappointed for our guys. We obviously had some opportunities to win, but we didn’t get it done. We had some lay-ups early on that you have to make to beat a good Tennessee team. You got to give Tennessee credit, they made some plays and they drove the ball well late in the game and made a big 3-pointer to hurt us in the end.”

On having four overtimes with four opportunities to win
“We have won some games like this, sometimes it just balances out. We had some good looks and we had some good opportunities, we just didn’t get it done. To their credit, they made a couple big plays when they had to; the 3-point shot with nine seconds left to go, was a big shot. Usually teams try to attack the basket and score quick, but that kid made a tough and big shot.”

On double/triple teaming Elston
“We really needed someone else to make a play. I thought J’Mychal (Reese) did some good things, but it really hurt us not having Alex (Caruso) because he makes plays for us, offensively, just his presence on the offensive end would have helped. Late, when so many guys fouled out, our post guys had a hard time with (Jarnell) Stokes; he is a very good player.”

Texas A&M Guard Elston Turner
On being bothered by Tennessee’s double-teaming
“No, not really. We did a good job of moving the ball. We were making it work on defense until the last 10 seconds. We threw some shots in the last couple seconds that we missed but that’s just how the game goes. I have never been a part of a game like that. It was a fun game, but we definitely needed to make some extra plays to come out with a win.”

On fourth overtime fatigue
“Yeah, I think that’s was a problem for everybody a little bit, we had players foul out and players that sat on the bench and had to get warm in crucial moments; I think it was a problem for both teams.”

Texas A&M Guard J’Mychal Reese
On being more assertive during the game
“I was just being more aggressive, if I had an open shot I would take it. I would try to get in the lane and make things happen.”

Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin
Opening statement
“That was a fun game to be a part of, I guess that is easier to say when you’re coming from the winning side but I thought both teams fought hard both teams competed. Guys showed a lot of grit and toughness to compete in an atmosphere like this against a physical team. I thought we really accepted the challenge in all the overtimes, I think we held them to 30% in each the overtimes. So, that’s a tremendous effort on the defensive side of the ball, just really locking down and making plays. Being down on the road, I think in every half except the last one, we just found a way to make stops and make big plays. I thought our guards did a great job really attacking the rim and Jarnell (Stokes) was really good setting screens.”

On what Trae (Golden) did to help the game
“The thing about Trae is that he can attack. Anytime you shoot the ball and attack the rim and you have a presence like Jarnell (Stokes) around all these other big guys it really helps, because he will get the ball on the other side. But, Trey makes free-throws so you can’t be as aggressive defensively, as you would like because he can make free-throws. I just thought he was very aggressive, very assertive; he won’t lose this game, he didn’t want to give up.”

Tennessee Forward Jarnell Stokes
On fatigue
“I’m tired but I am glad we won; that’s all that matters. I wasn’t worried about being fatigued. Trae (Golden) and Jordan (McRae) were going and we just wanted to get ball screens through them; it worked out for us.”

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