Jan. 25, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- #6 Florida extended its home court win streak to 26 games with a 67-41 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. The Gators are one of the hottest teams in the land, posting 11 wins in a row, as they added to their school-record streak of wins at the O'Connell Center.
Junior Jarnell Stokes was a force for the Vols (12-7, 3-3 SEC) with his 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jeronne Maymon added eight points and seven rebounds for Tennessee, which suffered its first loss to Florida since 2011.
Florida (17-2, 6-0), the SEC's top defense limited Tennessee to season lows in points, field goal percentage (26.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (1-of-19, 5.3 percent). The Vols did out rebound the Gators, 40-35.
Florida had a quartet of scorers in double-figures led by Michael Frazier II (17). Scottie Wilbekin (13), Casey Prather (12) and Patric Young (10) also hit the mark. The Gators shot 48.1 from the floor.
Up by seven at the half, Florida outscored the Vols, 41-22 in the second half to pull away.
The Vols' top scorer Jordan McRae was held to five points and made just one of 15 field goal attempts.
Frazier knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to put the Gators ahead, 34-21 with 15:48 left in the game. That was the first double-figure lead for either team.
Florida continued pour it on as the Gators scored 21 of the game's first 26 points to begin the second half. Tennessee made just two of its first 18 shots to start the half.
The Gators' lead bulged to 23 at 47-24 midway through the second half.
The largest lead for Florida was 32 at 67-35 on a Dorian Finney-Smith 3-pointer with 2:43 left in the game.
Florida led 26-19 at halftime as the teams grinded to an end of the half. They combined for four points -- two by each team -- in the final 5:50 of the half.
The Vols' only basket over the final 9:44 was a layup by Maymon with 57 seconds left in the half. Those were the only points in the final 3:48 by either team.
Tennessee shot just 7-of-26 for 27 percent, but outrebounded the Gators, 20-15.
Stokes led all players in the first half with eight points.
Tennessee returns home to host Ole Miss on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The game airs on SportSouth and can be heard on the Vol Network.
Florida and Tennessee rematch in Knoxville on Feb. 11.