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Bailey’s hot shooting night leads No. 19 Vols past South Carolina, 93-73

His seven treys tie the most by a Tennessee player during the Rick Barnes era.
Victor Bailey Jr.
Victor Bailey Jr.(Randy Sartin | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 4:18 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An electrifying 29-point performance from junior guard Victor Bailey Jr. and three other double-figure outputs pushed the 19th-ranked Tennessee basketball team past South Carolina, 93-73, on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Bailey finished the night 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-10 from 3-point range. His seven treys tie the most by a Tennessee player (15-5, 8-5) during the Rick Barnes era, with Lamonte Turner who drained seven from long range against Presbyterian on Dec. 16, 2016.

Bailey also tallied a career-high tying four assists with no turnovers, a block and a steal.

South Carolina (5-10, 3-8) was led in scoring by AJ Lawson who finished the night with 20 points.

Senior forward John Fulkerson was all over the stat sheet on Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Freshman Jaden Springer put together another consistent performance, scoring 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting and a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. Springer also totaled five assists and three rebounds.

Senior Yves Pons was the fourth Vol to reach double-figures, totaling 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds, a pair of steals and a block.

Off the bench, sophomore Santiago Vescovi scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in 29 minutes of action.

The first half was defined by efficient shooting from both programs as the combined field goal percentage at the half was 49 percent (31-63) and from 3-point range it was 54 percent (13-24).

Despite the even shooting numbers, Tennessee used its ability to get to the line on a regular basis to take a 50-39 lead into the halftime break.

Out of the locker room the Vols maintained their 11-point advantage for a majority of the opening 10 minutes of the second half, while continuing to convert from the field at an efficient clip of 54 percent (7-of-13 in the half). In the latter portions of the night, the Vols led by 10 and used a 12-0 run to extend their advantage to the largest of the night at 22 points.

Up Next: Tennessee returns to action for a Saturday afternoon home matchup with Kentucky. Tipoff from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 1 p.m. on WVLT.

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