Auburn's familiar theme of losing league games continued tonight as Tennessee (11-5) dominated in the paint for a 78-67 win. 

The defeat would be the Tigers' 13th straight loss to Southeastern Conference opponents (0-3 for this season). Auburn fell to 8-6 for the season.

An 11-4 Volunteer run to open the game before the first media timeout set the tone early. However, the Tigers were able to pull within 5 at the end of the first half and within two following Tahj Shamsid-Deen's three pointer ten seconds in the second half. Auburn never held a lead in the game. 

Auburn guard KT Harrell held his own early in the game before getting into foul trouble. Harrell scored 15 points and hit three three-pointers on 5-of-15 shooting. Auburn point guard Chris Denson added 24 of his own on a 10-of-18 shooting night.

However, the story of the night was rebounding and fouls; Tennessee annihilated Auburn on the boards, hauling in 42 team rebounds to Auburn's 28. The Vols also capitalized on 23 free throws on 30 attempts. 

The Tennessee scoring was divided well; all five starters scored in double figures. Guard Jordan McRae led the charge with 21 points while forward Jamell Stokes had a game-high 14 rebounds. 

It doesn't get any easier from here.

Auburn will host conference-leading No. 7 Florida (14-2) Jan. 18 at Auburn Arena. Florida is undefeated in league play and won its three SEC games by an average of 13 points per game.