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Tennessee 78, Florida 71

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Santiago Vescovi scored 23 points and No. 18 Tennessee rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Florida 78-71.

Vescovi connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers. Kennedy Chandler added 17 points, Zakai Zeigler had 11 and Josiah-Jordan James scored all nine of his points in the second half for the Volunteers (14-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference).

Florida (12-8, 3-5), playing its third game in five days, was led by Anthony Duruji and Tyree Appleby with 16 points each. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 11 points and Myreon Jones added 10.

Florida had a 15-0 run in the first half when Tennessee went more than six minutes without scoring. The Gators twice led by a dozen points before Tennessee closed within 42-34 at halftime. The Vols had 12 turnovers in the first half but had just three in the second half.

Florida maintained the lead until James' 3-pointer tied it at 55 with 9:32 remaining.


Florida
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Duruji F 33 6-10 4-4 0-1 2-6 1 0 0 6 5 16
J. Jitoboh C 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
T. Appleby G 35 4-10 4-4 4-8 0-1 7 0 2 5 1 16
K. Reeves G 22 2-6 0-0 2-5 0-2 1 0 0 0 1 6
B. McKissic G 21 3-8 0-0 2-7 0-1 1 0 1 1 4 8
P. Fleming Jr.   29 5-11 0-0 1-5 2-4 3 1 2 0 1 11
M. Jones   28 4-9 1-1 1-6 0-3 2 0 3 0 3 10
T. Gatkek   12 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 1 1 2
C. Felder   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Kennedy   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Totals   200 26-60
(.433)
9-9
(1.000)
10-33
(.303)
7-24 15 3 9 13 19 71


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Nkamhoua F 21 3-7 0-0 0-0 1-4 3 0 0 1 1 6
U. Plavsic F 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 0 2 0
J. James G 38 3-8 2-2 1-5 1-9 4 1 1 4 3 9
K. Chandler G 30 5-13 6-6 1-3 1-1 5 0 0 3 3 17
S. Vescovi G 28 6-10 6-6 5-8 0-3 4 0 0 2 2 23
Z. Zeigler   26 4-7 0-0 3-5 1-6 4 1 2 2 3 11
J. Powell   22 1-4 0-0 1-2 2-4 2 0 2 0 0 3
J. Fulkerson   18 3-5 3-3 0-0 2-2 0 3 0 1 2 9
B. Huntley-Hatfield   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0
V. Bailey Jr.   2 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Mashack   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 25-55
(.455)
17-18
(.944)
11-24
(.458)
10-34 22 5 6 16 16 78
Officials: Pat Adams, Bart Lenox,




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