Vols Make it Lucky 13 over South Carolina
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee beat South Carolina for the 13th consecutive time with a dominating 72-53 victory on Saturday before 17,215 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Vols notched their eighth wire-to-wire win of the season and fourth in SEC in moving to 15-8 overall and 6-4 in league play. South Carolina is now 8-15 and 1-9 in the the SEC.
Playing his 100th career game, senior Jordan McRae tallied 24 points for his 57th career game in double-figures.
The Vols opened the game on a 16-2 run and never looked back. South Carolina made just one of its first 11 shots while the Vols connected on seven of its first 11 attempts.
Stokes emphatically slammed home a pair of dunks to wrap up an 11-2 run for a 32-15 lead.
Tennessee led 45-22 at halftime as McRae (20) and Stokes (13) combined for 33 points. The Vols scored their points in a first half vs. an SEC team since leading 50-26 over Kentucky last February