GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Tennessee 89, Georgia 81


By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jaden Springer scored a career-high 30 points to lead No. 16 Tennessee to a 89-81 victory over Georgia.

Santiago Vescovi added 19 points, Josiah-Jordan James had 18 points and Keon Johnson scored 11 for the Volunteers (14-4, 7-4 Southeastern Conference).

Tennessee was playing without 6-foot-6 senior Yves Pons, who is nursing a right knee injury. Pons, a leader in rebounds and blocked shots, had scored 69 points in the last five games.

Without that size, the Vols went with several four-guard combinations to go with inside player John Fulkerson.

K.D. Johnson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs (12-7, 5-7). Toumani Camara scored 14 and Sahvir Wheeler had 11.

Shots that fell in the first half for the Vols rimmed out early in the second. Tennessee built its lead to 23, 51-28, in the first couple minutes of the second half. From there Georgia's defense became effective.

The Bulldogs came up with a 12-3 spurt and got the difference down to 14, 54-40. Camara had five of the points in that burst.

Springer helped Tennessee recover by hitting two free throws and a 3-pointer to get the lead back to 19 with just over 11 minutes to play.

It took four minutes for the Bulldogs to chip away and narrow the gap to 67-54. A three-point play by Johnson was key in the run.

Johnson had a couple driving baskets with just over a minute to play to cut Tennessee's lead to six, 79-73.

It didn't get any closer.

Tennessee was hot from the field in the first half en route to a 44-26 lead. The Vols shot 53% (8 of 15) from 3-point range and totaled 55% (16 of 29).

Leading by five midway through the first half, Tennessee went on a 9-2 run, fueled by Springer who had six of his 12 first half points.

February 10, 2021



Georgia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Camara F 32 5-7 3-4 1-1 2-8 1 0 0 3 1 14
P. Horne F 31 3-8 0-0 2-5 1-2 1 1 1 1 3 8
S. Wheeler G 37 4-11 3-3 0-2 1-4 5 0 0 7 5 11
J. Kier G 25 1-8 7-8 0-5 0-3 2 0 2 3 2 9
T. Fagan G 16 3-8 2-2 0-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 8
K. Johnson   22 9-15 3-6 1-2 1-3 0 0 3 1 3 22
J. Etter   19 2-2 0-0 1-1 1-3 2 0 0 0 4 5
A. Garcia   12 1-2 2-2 0-1 0-2 0 0 2 3 2 4
T. McMillan   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0
M. Starks   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 28-62
(.452)
20-25
(.800)
5-19
(.263)
12-32 13 1 10 18 22 81


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Fulkerson F 35 2-3 0-0 0-0 3-8 4 1 0 2 2 4
J. James G 36 5-8 6-7 2-4 1-6 3 2 2 0 5 18
J. Springer G 36 9-11 9-12 3-4 1-4 2 0 3 5 4 30
S. Vescovi G 35 4-9 8-8 3-7 0-6 3 0 1 5 4 19
K. Johnson G 27 5-11 0-0 1-1 0-2 3 1 0 4 3 11
V. Bailey Jr.   21 2-10 2-2 1-8 0-1 1 0 0 1 1 7
E. Anosike   8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 0
D. Gaines   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Totals   200 27-52
(.519)
25-29
(.862)
10-24
(.417)
6-31 16 4 10 17 19 89

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