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Vols Top Auburn, Head To SEC Title Game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Wayne Chism scored a career-high 27 points,

Tyler Smith added 23 and Tennessee beat Auburn 94-85 Saturday to

advance to its first Southeastern Conference championship game in

20 years.

The Volunteers (21-11) will play surging Mississippi State in

the final. The Bulldogs are 7-1 against teams from the conference's

Eastern Division, with the one loss coming at Tennessee in late

February.

The Vols can only hope to play as well as they did against

Auburn, especially in the first half.

Tennessee shot 62 percent from the field and 58 percent from

3-point range in the opening 20 minutes while opening up a 14-point

lead. The Tigers (22-11) cut it to 55-50 early in the second half,

but the Vols pulled away down the stretch.

Korvotney Barber led Auburn with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Rasheem Barrett added 18, and Tay Waller chipped in 17.

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