Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, right, came up big for the Bulldogs in the final two minutes Wednesday in an upset win on the road at Tennessee.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points, including back-to-back baskets inside the final 90 seconds, to help the visiting Bulldogs win their fourth in a row by beating Tennessee on Wednesday, 68-62.
Caldwell-Pope’s drive in the lane with 1:34 remaining gave Georgia (11-11, 5-4 SEC) a 63-58 advantage. The SEC’s second-leader scorer drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key on the next possession to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 66-58.
Jordan McRae scored 17 points for Tennessee (11-10, 3-6). Jarnell Stokes recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Kenny Gaines came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points for Georgia while Vincent Williams added 10 points.
Georgia led 35-26 at halftime and held an eight-point advantage in the early moments of the second half. Tennessee played its way back into the game, using an 11-3 surge to tie the score at 43 on McRae’s three-point play with 13:28 remaining.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgia’s four-game winning streak is its longest in SEC play since 2003. … Tennessee played without PG Trae Golden, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained right hamstring. … The Bulldogs drilled a season-high 11 3-pointers, five of which came from Caldwell-Pope, who shot 5-of-7 beyond the arc.
Auburn 49, Alabama 37: Allen Payne scored nine of his 11 points in the second half as the host Tigers overcame a horrendous first-half performance to win the SEC game.
Josh Wallace also scored 11 points and Chris Denson had nine for Auburn (9-13, 3-6 SEC), which rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to end a six-game losing streak.
Trevor Releford scored 11 points and Rodney Cooper had 11 points and seven rebounds to lead Alabama (14-8, 6-3), which shot 24 percent from the floor in the second half.
Auburn didn’t score its first points until seven minutes had elapsed. By then, the Tigers trailed 9-2. They ended up shooting 3-for-23 in the first half, but only trailed 23-13 heading into the break.
The second half was a reversal of fortunes as the Crimson Tide went cold and Auburn heated up behind Payne, who scored seven of his team’s first nine points in a 23-5 run that gave the Tigers the lead for good.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Auburn senior G Frankie Sullivan, who came in leading the team in scoring at 16.5, missed his first 11 shots before finishing 1-for-13 with seven points. Sullivan still moved into the school’s top 10 career scoring list with 1,462 points. … Auburn coach Tony Barbee won his first game in five tries against Alabama. … The Tigers lead the series 26-25 in games played at Auburn.