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Tennessee cruises past Chaminade 86-60 in Maui Invitational

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:13 p.m. HST, Nov 23, 2011

LAHAINA, Hawaii >> Jordan McRae scored 25 points, Trae Golden added 17 and Tennessee rolled over Chaminade 86-60 in the seventh-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

Tennessee (3-2) rebounded from a pair of difficult losses in Maui by breezing past the Division II Silverswords. The Vols took control with a big opening run and didn’t let up, hitting 15 3-pointers while shooting 57 percent.

Tennessee did it without much help from forward Jeronne Maymon, who played just 2 minutes after he had 32 points and a tournament-record 20 rebounds against No. 8 Memphis. Cameron Tatum added 12 points for the Vols, who had a 15-0 advantage on the break.

Chaminade (3-3) closed out last year’s tournament with a win over Oklahoma, but there wasn’t much chance of another upset.

The Silverswords had a hard time matching up with Tennessee’s size and athleticism, shooting 35 percent in their third straight lopsided loss.

Matt Cousins had 17 points to lead the Silverswords.

Tennessee ended up in the seventh-place game after opening the tournament a couple of almost-there losses to quality opponents.

The Vols started with a 77-67 loss to No. 6 Duke  in their first big test under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, hanging in until the Blue Devils pulled away late.

Tennessee overcame a sluggish first half against No. 8 Memphis on Tuesday and chipped away at the lead in the second half. The Vols forced overtime when Maymon scored on a drive with 5 seconds left but missed late shots in both overtimes to lose 99-97.

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