Vols pull away from Georgia, 73-62

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- Tennessee continued its strong play at home winning for the eighth time in nine games with a 73-62 victory over Georgia on Saturday night before 19,379 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

A well-rounded UT effort saw four players score in double-figures as Trae Golden came off the bench for the first time this season and led the Vols with 16 points. Jeronne Maymon had 15 points and seven rebounds. Jordan McRae netted 14, his best scoring game since Dec. 14 at Charleston (19).

Tennessee (11-12, 3-5 SEC) has won every home game since topping UNC Asheville on Dec. 20, 2011 with the exception of a tough three-point loss to current No. 1 Kentucky on Jan. 14.
Georgia (10-12, 1-7 SEC) was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who had 16.

After falling behind 41-34 with 14:42 left in the second half, Tennessee proceeded to score nine consecutive points keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by McRae and Golden, which started the run. UT took a 43-41 lead on a Jarnell Stokes free throw with 12:34 left in the second half.

The Vols never trailed after that point. Georgia did tie the game at 43, but free throws by Golden and Skylar McBee (10 points) gave the Vols a 46-43 lead and they maintained that advantage for the rest of the night.

A McRae 3-pointer with 5:44 left put the Vols ahead 56-48. Tennessee took the first double-figure lead of the game on a free throw by McRae with 3:25 left in the game at 61-51.

Georgia coach Mark Fox received a double-technical foul and was ejected with 19 seconds remaining in the game.

Tennessee took its first lead of the game at 29-27 as part of an 11-0 run including three jumpers by Golden, the third finishing giving the Vols that first advantage with 2:05 left in the first half. The Vols kept Georgia off the board for 4:50 late in the half and without a field goal for the final 5:10 of the first half. UT held a 30-28 advantage at intermission as Maymon led the Vols with nine point as Tennessee shot 48 percent from the floor.

The game started off as a jump-shooting exhibition as 32 of the first 36 points in the game came from outside the paint. Both teams were hot from 3-point range with the Bulldogs building a lead as large as 24-17 with 6:32 left in the first half.

The Vols continue a stretch of three home games in four as South Carolina (9-12, 1-6 SEC) comes to Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for an 8 p.m., tip-off. That game will air on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.

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