Feb. 11, 2014
THE BASICS Tennessee drops to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in the Southeastern Conference, while No. 3 Florida improves to 22-2 overall and remains perfect at 11-0 in SEC play.
Florida extends its winning streak to 16 games.
The Gators are now 5-0 on the road in league play. All other SEC teams have multiple road losses.
Tennessee leads the all-time series 72-54 overall and 44-16 in Knoxville.
Down as many as six in the game, Florida rallied to earn just its second win in Knoxville since 2005.
The Vols held the advantage in the field goal percentage, 45.8 percent to 36.2 percent. UT shot 62.5 percent in the first half.
FOR STARTERS Tonight's starters: guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Darius Thompson, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes.
Stokes made his 65th consecutive start.
It was the fifth start in a row for freshman point guard Darius Thompson.
Jarnell Stokes knocked down the first bucket of the game, a jumper from the left elbow just 31 seconds into the game on UT's first possession.
Guard Antonio Barton was the first to check into the game, entering for Thompson with 17:33 to go in the opening half.
After falling behind 2-0, the Gators went on a 10-0 run early in the game.
STOKES DOUBLES UP ONCE AGAIN Junior forward Jarnell Stokes led the Vols offensively with 20 points and led the game on the defensive end with 11 rebounds.
He now has 32 career double-doubles during his UT career (74 games), including 14 this season. His 14 this season lead the SEC.
His 32 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank tied for fifth all-time in the UT record books with Dalen Showalter (1957-60).
Stokes has posted a double-double in seven of UT's last nine games.
Stokes notched the sixth 20-point game of his season and the ninth of his career.
The junior bigman was 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line.
MAYMON FILLS UP THE SHEET Senior forward Jeronne Maymon posted multiple career highs on the defensive end against the No. 3 Gators.
He finished with a career best four steals and three blocks.
Maymon also pulled down nine rebounds, but scored just two points on 1-of-2 shooting.
Florida - the league's top defensive team - forced Maymon into eight turnovers.
McRAE HITS DOUBLE FIGURES FOR 21ST TIME Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
It's McRae's 21st double-digit performance of the season and his fifth straight.
He posted just five points on 1-for-15 shooting when the Vols last at Florida on Jan. 25, 2014.
HALFTIME HIGHLIGHTS The Volunteers used a late 16-4 run in the first half to take a 32-26 lead on the Gators at the under-4 media timeout.
Florida trimmed the Vols' lead at the break to just one point at 34-33.
Both Jordan McRae (11) and Jarnell Stokes (10) were in double figures at the half. Josh Richardson added seven points for the Vols in the opening 20 minutes.
Tennessee shot an impressive 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the field, and held the No. 3 ranked Gators to just a 36.4 percent clip (12-for-33).
UP NEXT Tennessee is back in action on Saturday (Feb. 15) in Columbia, Mo., as the Volunteers take on Missouri at 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
The Vols beat the Tigers 64-62 in Knoxville last season.