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Cotton, No. 12 Wichita State make history in win against Tennessee

Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tekele Cotton made sure history did not repeat itself Saturday.

Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and No. 12 Wichita State downed Tennessee, 70-61, to reach the 10-0 mark for the first time in school history.

The Shockers (10-0) won their first nine games a season ago before losing to Tennessee a year ago Friday. This time Wichita State made the necessary plays down the stretch and limited the Volunteers to 38.5 percent shooting.

Cleanthony Early added 13 points and Darius Carter chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

Jordan McRae paced Tennessee (6-3) with 26 points.

The largest lead for either team in the first 34-plus minutes was only five points, and it was Cotton who helped the Shockers turn the tight contest into a nine-point win.

Tennessee had taken a 44-41 lead near the midway point of the second half after Jarnell Stokes threw down a pair of dunks and added a free throw after getting fouled on the second slam.

Cotton, though, answered with two free throws, came up with a big block of Jeronne Maymon at the other end and converted a go-ahead three-point play the next time down.

With under six minutes to play, Cotton spearheaded a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer, two free throws and a deft pass to Chadrack Lufile for an easy layup that pushed Wichita State's lead to 58-49.

"I thought he played a good game on both ends of the floor," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said of Cotton. "He got to the free throw line quite a bit, but I thought he impacted the game on defense. He had a key block on Jeronne and he had a key steal in transition. I thought he did a good job of playing on both ends."

Early's 3-pointer a little later made it a 63-51 affair, and the hosts closed it out from there.

Neither team scored in the final two minutes of a back-and-forth first half, which ended with the Vols clinging to a slim 26-25 lead.

Game Notes

Stokes finished with eight points, seven below his season average ... Ron Baker, Wichita State's leading scorer coming in, was limited to eight points ... Carter's double-double was the second for a Wichita state player this season.

12/14 17:38:06 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 67
GSW 79
 
3rd
POR 74
LAC 69
 
4th
SAC 78
PHO 74
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR