KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Armani Moore scored a career-high 19 points and matched a career high with 13 rebounds Saturday as Tennessee defeated Auburn 71-63 to spoil Tigers coach Bruce Pearl's return to Thompson-Boling Arena.
This marked the first time Pearl had faced Tennessee since returning to coaching this season. Pearl led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons with the Volunteers before getting fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011.
The crowd chanted "Bruce" as Pearl walked onto the court with a blue blazer, not the orange one he wore for key games during his Tennessee career. Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall received a louder ovation when he walked onto the court.
The loss was the fourth straight for Auburn (10-11, 2-6 SEC), representing the longest losing streak of Pearl's 20-year head coaching career.
Kevin Punter had 17 points and Josh Richardson had 15 for Tennessee (13-7, 5-3)