Georgia Bulldogs fall at Tennessee, 67-48
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as the Volunteers beat Georgia 67-48 Tuesday night, snapping Georgia’s four-game winning streak.
Georgia (14-11, 8-5) was led by Kenny Gaines who scored 13 points. J.J. Frazier also scored a career-high 12 points.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We didn’t have the bounce in our step that we needed to get stops. We got worn out on the backboards. Like all conference games, win or lose, you have to learn from it and move onto the next game and we’ll do that with this one.
“[Jarnell Stokes] wore us out. Give him credit, he was the aggressor and we just couldn’t get him contained. He’s a good player and he came in very determined today. He got the ball in some good spots and made some plays. He had a really good night.”
Facing a six-point halftime deficit, the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to just 38-35 to open the half, but that’s as close as Georgia would get.
At the 16-minute mark, the Volunteers (16-10, 7-6) began a 12-3 run, capped by a Stokes jumper in the lane to extend its lead to double-digits, 50-38. In the closing minutes of the game, Tennessee extended its advantage to 19 points.
In the first half, Georgia trailed 28-23 with five minutes remaining, but freshman J.J. Frazier scored five straight points to tied the game at 28-28. The Vols recaptured momentum, ending the half on a 6-0 on run of their own to take a 34-28 lead into the halftime break. The Bulldogs led three different times with its final advantage coming with eight minutes left in the first half.
The Bulldogs only attempted 11 free throws during the game—a season low.
In addition to Stokes, Jordan McRae and Antonio Barton scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs will hit the road again to face South Carolina (20-15, 3-9) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC-TV.
• Georgia’s starting line-up was Marcus Thornton (51st career start), Brandon Morris (36th career start), Charles Mann (31st career start), Kenny Gaines (23rd career start) and Donte Williams (83rd career start).
• Georgia was outrebounded for the first time since its loss to George Washington on Jan. 3.
• The Bulldogs are now 0-6 when being outrebounded.
• Georgia attempted just eleven free throws—a season low. It’s eight made free throws tied a season low (vs. George Washington).
• J.J. Frazier scored just 12 points (8 vs. LSU on 2/6/14)
The Series: Tennessee improves to [92-56] in its all time series with Tennessee.
Next Up: Georgia will travel to Columbia, S.C. to play the Gamecocks on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.