Georgia head coach Mark Fox reacts during the second half of Tuesday’s game against Tennessee. (Reuters)
Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help power the host Volunteers to a victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday, 67-48.
Stokes was 9-of-13 from the field and also tallied three assists and three blocks. Antonio Barton added 12 points — on four 3-pointers — off the bench, while Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Tennessee (16-10, 7-6 SEC).
Kenny Gaines paced Georgia (14-11, 8-5) with 13 points and J.J. Frazier added 12 in a reserve role. While Gaines shot 5-of-10 from the field, the rest of the Bulldogs’ starting five shot a collective 8-of-22, tallying 22 points.
The first half was close throughout, with three ties and six lead changes. But the Volunteers pulled away from a 28-28 tie by shutting out the Bulldogs for the final 3:29, forging a six-point halftime advantage.
That lead stood up through the final 20 minutes as Tennessee gradually pulled away to take a double-digit advantage with just over 11 minutes to go on Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer. The game turned into a complete rout in the final minutes as the Bulldogs managed just one field goal and five total points in the final 8:26 of the contest.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgia, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, tallied a season low in points and its lowest scoring output since a 52-45 loss to Alabama on Feb. 12, 2013. … The Volunteers won the board battle 37-30, including 11 offensive rebounds. … Tennessee had its problems shooting, hitting 6-of-18 from 3-point range and 11-of-18 from the free throw line.