Tennessee basketball, presented an opportunity to inch closer to an Auburn team that had lost earlier in the day at South Carolina, instead blew their own road game at Georgia this evening, losing 73-62. Fortunately for Tennessee, they weren’t the only SEC team to lose on the road today, as all six tournament teams that traveled lost.
The Bulldogs used a couple of second half runs to secure the victory, starting the second period with a 10-2 run and then using an 8-2 run to seal the deal under the ten minute mark after the Vols had cut the lead to 2.
Tennessee had one last gasp when Lamonte Turner buried a three with 1:11 remaining and closed the gap to two possessions, but Georgia was able to pull away and hit their free throws when the Vols turned to desperation fouls.
Kyle Alexander posted his second career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Lamonte Turner led the way on the scored board with 14 points, and Jordan Bowden and Admiral Schofield had 13 and 11, respectively. Grant Williams was held to 5 points and four rebounds. He was 1-8 from the field.
Meanwhile, the Vols allowed SEC Player of the Year candidate Yante Maten to score 19 points and grab five rebounds and allowed Derek Ogbeide to earn a double-double dominating the paint.
Tennessee hosts Florida Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN2.