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February 20, 2008

Tigers fall at No. 2 Tennessee

Ramar Smith scored 19 points and second-ranked Tennessee beat Auburn 89-70 on Wednesday night.

Tyler Smith added 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Vols (24-2, 11-1 Southeastern Conference), who extended their home winning streak to 30 games. JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton both had 12 points.

The Tigers (13-11, 3-8) outrebounded the Vols 23-20 in the first half, but couldn't find a way to take advantage of it with 21.9 percent shooting from the field.

Frank Tolbert led Auburn with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Quan Prowell added 21 points and Rasheem Barrett had 14 points.

Auburn kept the margin tight 10 minutes into the first half until Tennessee jumped into a 24-5 run that put the Vols up 46-20 at halftime with the help of the 57.6 percent shooting.

The Tigers had allowed their 12 previous opponents an average 51 percent on field goal shooting.

Tennessee expanded their lead to 74-43 with 9:02 to go on a Chris Lofton 3-pointer. Lofton moved into fifth place in the NCAA record book with 402 career 3-point goals.

Auburn trailed by 26 points with just under six minutes to go before launching a 15-0 streak that ended on a Prowell jumper with 2:06 left.


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