Golden shines in exhibition for Tennessee
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:02 pm
KNOXVILLE — Sophomore Trae Golden scored 22 points to lead Tennessee in a 76-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial Monday night in the Vols’ final exhibition game of the preseason.
Golden was 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and he saved his biggest 3-pointer for the right time.
Tennessee led by as many as 23 points in the game, but LMU chipped into the margin late in the second half.
The Railsplitters cut the margin to four points with less than seven minutes to play. That’s when Golden drained his fourth 3-pointer of the night from the wing to stop LMU’s momentum.
Jordan McRae got a steal on LMU’s next possession and got it to Golden on the break. The point guard then found Cameron Tatum at the basket for a dunk, and the Vols ultimately preserved the victory.
Golden’s line was a career-type night for the sophomore, although the stats in exhibition games do not count. His 22 points dwarf his high of eight points last season. He also added performance highs in rebounds (4) and assists (8). Perhaps the most critical stat of Golden’s line was no turnovers in 34 minutes.
“Coach told me to take care of the ball, and that’s really what I’m trying to do, just read what the defense gives me and take advantage of it,” Golden said.
Yet in point guard fashion, he brought his teammates into the credit when asked about his own performance.
“They were falling,” Golden said. “Everybody had them falling.”
Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, however, gave credit to Golden.
“I was very impressed with his ability to score the ball,” Martin said. “The thing Trae did over the summer and preseason was condition his body so he could knock down those shots.” Published in The Messenger 11.8.11