KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The No. 23 Wichita State men's basketball team was handed their first lost of the season, 69-60, on Thursday night at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
Senior Carl Hall led Wichita State (9-1) with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had three blocks.
Trae Golden scored 25 points for Tennessee (5-3) and Jordan McRae added 17.
Neither team started the game well on the offensive end, only combining for six points after the first media timeout. The Shockers continued their good defensive effort however, forcing the Volunteers to turn the ball over on six of their first nine possessions.
Tennessee would take a 30-28 lead into halftime, shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Wichita State shot 11-of-29 for 37.9 percent, but used four 3-pointers in the half to keep within striking distance.
Down 58-52 with 5:56 left in the game, the Shockers went on a 7-0 run that was capped by Carl Hall's 3-point play to give them the lead, 59-58. The Volunteers would answer back however, and close out the game on an 11-1 run.
Wichita State shot 38.2 percent from the field for the game on 21-of-55 shooting. The Volunteers were 19-of-40 for 47.5 percent, and made 29-of-36 from the free-throw line.
The Shockers will look to bounce back against Charleston Southern when the Buccaneers come to Charles Koch Arena on Thursday, December 20. Tip is set for 7 p.m.