Tennessee's Trae Golden (11) attempts to score over Chattanooga's Z. Mason (30), left, and Jahmal Burroughs (32) in the NCAA basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn, on Monday Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Trae Golden tied his career high with 29 points as Tennessee held off Chattanooga 76-63 on Monday night.
Golden, who had surgery on Friday to repair a fracture in his nose, was 11 for 17 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Golden has played in every game since his nose was broken during a practice drill on Dec. 16.
The Vols (7-6) were a combined 13 of 39 from 3, getting 16 points from Skylar McBee and 12 from Jordan McRae.
Tennessee used a 17-3 run late in the first half to take control of the game and led 44-32 at halftime. Omar Wattad hit a pair of 3s and Keegan Bell hit another to help the Mocs pull within 46-41 with 17:48 to play, but they would get no closer after McRae answered with his own trey.
Ricky Taylor led Chattanooga (6-9) with 17 points.
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