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Gators upset #6 Vols 75-49 in Florida

Tennessee falls to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in SEC play
Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) dribbles the ball past Florida forward Keyontae Johnson...
Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) dribbles the ball past Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)(WYMT)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 7:11 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The sixth-ranked Tennessee basketball team (10-1, 4-1) returns to action for a Tuesday night showdown with conference rival, Florida at the the O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

1ST HALF

A slow start for the Big Orange in Gainesville. Florida’s defense tough early. Tennessee with only two points at the first media timeout. Vols are 1-6 from the field and being out rebounded so far 7 to 2.

Florida continues to be the aggressor on defense making life difficult for the Vols on the offensive end. Santiago Vescovi has a three for Tennessee which trails Florida 13-8 with 11:48 to go in the first half. Former Bearden High standout Ques Glover has three points for the Gators.

Gators continue to be the aggressor on defense and on the boards (20-11) leading #6 Tennessee 23-14 with 7:16 to go in the 1st half down in Gainesville.

At the under 4 media timeout the Vols trail Florida 27-20. Tennessee just 6-25 from the field, 1-9 from beyond the arc. Gators also still controls the boards with a 22-14 advantage. Fulky has 6 points for UT.

No Jaden Springer tonight for the #6 Vols and for the time being no Vescovi who’s nursing a sore side. Gators continue to attack the basket and lead UT 38-27 at the half in Gainesville. Tough half for the Vols, the third ranked defensive team in the country giving up just 57 points a game, has already given up more that half of that total. Omar Payne leads Florida with 8 points. Same total for UT’s John Fulkerson. Tennessee guard Victory bailey Jr. has made just one out of 10 shots.

2ND HALF

Keon Johnson scored the first four points of the second half to inch the Vols closer, but Tennessee’s vaunted defense continues to allow penetration to the basket by the Gators, who are not only matching the Vols at the offensive end, but out performing UT. (6-4, 3-3) Florida has built a 14 point, 47-33 lead with 15:57 to go in the game. Tennessee continues to be outplayed on the boards. Gators hold a 30-18 advantage in rebounding.

A lot of holes in Tennessee’s interior defense. Florida getting a number of easy points in the paint. The unranked Gators lead #6 Vols 55-42 with 11:26 to go at the O’Dome in Gainesville.

The Vols would trail the Gators by as many as 20 points, 53-33, but Tennessee would begin to chip away at that lead and pull to within 55-42. However turnovers would prevent the Vols from getting much closer. Tennessee with 13 at this point as Florida extends it’s lead back to 19 points at 63-44 with 7:51 to go in the game.

Another problem for the Big Orange, TURNOVERS.. Florida would score 24 points off 16 Tennessee miscues...

Soph. Santiago Vescovi tried to pick up the slack, but got banged around during the game ending up with a sore hip. A difficult night for Victor Bailey Junior. Just 1-12 from the field, 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.

John Fulkerson led the way for Tennessee with 15 points, but not nearly enough for the Vols who would go minutes at a time in each half without scoring.

The third ranked defensive team in the country, giving up just 57 points a game, gives up over 70 in a 75-47 loss to the Gators at the O’Dome in Gainesville. UT falls to 10-2, 4-2. Gators improve to 7-4, 4-3. Ques Glover finished with 10 points for the Gators. Tennessee returns home to face Missouri Saturday night.

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