McRae launched 38 field-goal tries in his RTL opener, doubling the number of shots he attempted as a Vol freshman last season, when he went 6-for-19 from the field.
His accuracy was a little better Wednesday night, as he finished 16-of-38 en route to 48 points. It wasn't enough to produce victory, however, as DeRoyal Industries beat The Knoxville News-Sentinel 111-109.
McRae scored six consecutive News-Sentinel points in the final 1:19 to whittle a 109-103 deficit to 110-109 but missed the front end of a two-shot foul with his team down 111-109 and 4.4 seconds left. He purposely missed the second shot but failed to hit the rim, a violation which gave DeRoyal the ball.
Vol teammate Skylar McBee drained three consecutive 3-pointers at one stretch but finished just 4 of 13 from the field en route to 13 points. Former Tennessee standout Wayne Chism scored 17 points for the News-Sentinel. Wales native Ryan Kilmartin, who is walking on at UT after a two-year stint at Appalachian State, was 0-for-3 from the floor and scoreless.
Tennessee junior Kenny Hall hit 9 of 15 shots and scored 22 points for the victorious DeRoyal squad.
RICHARDSON 107, Ralph Brown 105
Tennessee senior Cameron Tatum scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting to lead Richardson Construction to victory. Tatum nailed back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in rallying his team from a 95-101 deficit to a 104-103 lead between the 3:01 mark and the 1:58 mark. Former Vol Dane Bradshaw chipped in 14 for the victors.
Another UT senior, Renaldo Woolridge, sank 14 of 27 shots en route to 32 points to pace the losing cause. Former Vol John Fields added 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Brandon Lopez, a recent graduate of Knoxville's Austin-East High School who will be an invited walk-on at UT this season, made 2 of 3 shots and contributed 4 points for Ralph Brown.
CHOICE SPINE 114, LARRY SMITH 106
Vol sophomore Trae Golden showed real backbone, hitting 14 of 14 foul shots en route to 27 points in leading Choice Spine to victory. Golden also made 6 of 14 field-goal tries. Tennessee teammate Jeronne Maymon made 8 of 13 shots and chipped in 20 points for the winners. Former Vol Jon Higgins added 6 points.
Larry Smith's team features three players who will be Vol freshmen this season. Signee Quinton Chievous hit 4 of 11 shots en route to 10 points. Signee Josh Richardson hit 2 of 9 shots en route to 6 points. Galen Campbell, an invited walk-on from Knoxville's Fulton High, hit 3 of 7 shots and contributed 7 points.