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

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Tennessee's Trae Golden watched
Notre Dame's five-overtime victory against Louisville earlier
this month and thought there was no way he'd ever be involved in
a game like that.



Boy, was the star point guard wrong.



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.



"To come out here and play something like that is crazy," Golden
said. "It got to a point in the second or third overtime where I
was asking guys: `What number of overtime is this?' It was
crazy, but just something we had to push through."



The Volunteers were up by one point in the fourth overtime when
Golden scored four straight points to make it 85-80.



"It was huge for us," Golden said of finally pulling away. "My
teammates were telling me to take the game over and finish it. I
was just trying to do that. Get us a win and get us back to
Knoxville."



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.



The most overtimes the Volunteers had played before Saturday was
three, which happened three times with the last one coming in a
win over Alabama on Dec. 12, 1979.



Tennessee has won five straight conference games for the first
time since winning eight in a row in 2008.



Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin was impressed with the
conditioning of his team, especially Golden, who played 56
minutes. He said Golden's conditioning has improved this season
and that there was "no way" he would have been able to play that
long last year.



He seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, and scored 15
points in the overtimes.



"We just found a way to get stops and make big plays," Martin
said. "I didn't see any signs of fatigue or giving up in our
guys."



Turner had 38 points to lead the Aggies.



"It was a fun, entertaining game," Turner said. "I've never been
a part of anything like it. We definitely needed to make some
extra shots to win it."



Jordan McRae added 23 points for Tennessee, and Jarnell Stokes
had 20 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.



The Volunteers didn't score for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the
game, and had to play from behind most of the game.



"I feel like everyone played their hardest," Stokes said. "We
started the game off sluggish, and to end up winning after that
shows our resilience."



Stokes blocked a layup by Jarod Jahns and was fouled on the
rebound, but he missed both free throws with 40 seconds left in
the third overtime to leave Tennessee up 79-77. Jahns made a
layup to tie it with 9 seconds left, and J'Mychal Reese stole
the ball from Golden to send it to the fourth overtime.



Turner scored the first four points of the second overtime,
before a 3-pointer by Golden. The teams exchanged baskets before
a jump shot by Golden tied it at 75. Just as in regulation and
the first overtime, Texas A&M had a chance to win it at the
buzzer, but the Aggies couldn't make the shot.



In the first overtime, Ray Turner grabbed a steal on a pass by
McRae with 25 seconds left and Tennessee immediately fouled
Fabyon Harris.



He sank both free throws to make it 68-64 before Golden cut the
lead to two points on a layup with 19 seconds left.



Tennessee fouled Reese 3 seconds later, and he made one of the
free throws.



McRae tied it at 69 on a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in
overtime.



Josh Richardson blocked a layup by Harris with 2 seconds left.
The Aggies got the rebound, but Elston Turner's jump shot
bounced off the rim at the buzzer to force the second overtime.



At the end of regulation, McRae missed a 3-pointer for the
Volunteers, but Stokes grabbed the rebound and was fouled with
5.9 seconds left. He made the first free throw, but missed the
second one to tie it at 62.



A 3-pointer by Reese clanged off the rim at the buzzer to send
it to overtime.



"I'm proud of the way we fought," Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy
said. "I'm disappointed about some shots we didn't finish around
the basket. You've got to make those shots against Tennessee as
well as they're playing right now."



The Volunteers were up by three when Texas A&M used a 10-2 spurt
to take a 50-45 lead with about 8 minutes left. Turner led the
Aggies in that run with six points and a steal.



It was the sixth overall meeting between these new SEC
opponents, and the first since a 108-84 win by the Volunteers on
Dec. 2, 2003.



Harris returned after missing Wednesday's game with a sprained
ankle to score 13 points, and Reese added 15 for A&M.

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