The 1,500th win in Tennessee men’s basketball history wasn’t a pretty one, especially on the offensive end of the court, but five Volunteers scored in double figures in UT’s 64-49 victory over the Auburn Tigers Saturday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Behind junior forward Jeronne Maymon’s 15-point, 19-rebound effort, his sixth double-double of the year, the Vols (10-11, 2-4 SEC) were able to control the paint and hold Auburn (12-9, 2-5) to 30.4 percent shooting from the field, including just 6-of-25 in the first half.
“Fifty-three rebounds, season-high for us,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “That’s a lot of rebounds, and Jeronne did a great job of being aggressive around the basket. Forty-nine points given up total on the defensive side of the ball, I thought we did a good job of being assertive and being aggressive.”
Maymon’s 19 rebounds were the second most in his career. His career-high is 20 against Memphis in the Maui Invitational earlier this season.
“When me and (freshman forward Jarnell Stokes) are in, they can’t send two guys to block me out,” Maymon said. “So it’s better when I can go one-on-one to get the rebound.”
 Sophomore guard Trae Golden scored 13, junior guard Skylar McBee added 12 and Stokes and sophomore guard Jordan McRae each had 11 points. The only other Vol to score was freshman center Yemi Makanjuola, who had a bucket in the first half.
“We’ve had really good inside play,” McBee said. “As the guards, we have to step up and we have make shots. We didn’t shoot very well tonight, but I think we’ll keep our heads up and keep working.”
The balanced scoring effort for UT came on 34.5 percent shooting (20-of-58), including 4-of-20 beyond the arc. Martin noted that Auburn’s zone defense gave UT a different look and affected the team’s play offensively, but he was pleased with the defensive effort.
“We want to be good on both ends, but like I told the guys, we shot under 40 percent from the field and won the game because we rebounded and defended,” Martin said. “That’s what you hang your hat on, the defensive side of the ball.”
  In addition to his third double-figure scoring output in his five games as a Vol, Stokes had six rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists.
Golden, UT’s leading scorer on the year averaging 13.1 points per game, had an off night shooting, despite scoring his average. He was 2-of-9 from the field (1-of-3 from 3-point range), but was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
“It’s a long season, our offense comes and goes,” Golden said. “As long as we win, everything else doesn’t matter, man. Us missing shots or not, we just have to continue to take the open shots and just be ready to make them.”
Up next for UT is a trip to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., to take on No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday. The Wildcats rallied late for a 65-62 victory over the Vols in Knoxville on Jan. 14.
“Whenever a team wins in Rupp Arena, it doesn’t matter if it’s us or Duke or anybody, it’s a big win,” Golden said. “That’s a game we’re going to look forward to winning, and I think we have a great chance.”