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Vols Make it Lucky 13 over South Carolina

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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.

Junior Jarnell Stokes posted 17 points and eight rebounds as his streak of four double-doubles came to an end. Senior Jeronne Maymon added 10 points and eight rebounds.

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