Feb. 18, 2014
THE BASICS Tennessee is now 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the Southeastern Conference, while Georgia is 14-11 overall and 8-5 in SEC play.
This was the 149th meeting between the Vols and Bulldogs.
In Knoxville, the Vols lead the all-time series, 56-15.
This is the first time since 1962-63 in which the Vols and Bulldogs will not play twice in the regular-season, as the Vols will not travel to Athens.
The Vols are now 9-2 in games following a loss.
The Vols are now 5-2 in SEC home games this season.
FOR STARTERS The starters for the seventh game in a row were: guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Darius Thompson, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes.
Stokes made his 67th consecutive start, dating to February of 2012.
It was the seventh start in a row for freshman point guard Darius Thompson.
A Stokes jumper accounted for the first basket of the game, 57 seconds into play. The third straight game Stokes has tallied the first basket for the Vols
TENNESSEE `D' The Tennessee defense held Georgia to just 48 points on the night, the 45th time in the last 57 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
The 48 points are a season low for Georgia and the Vols' best defensive effort this year. Georgia did not score for the final 3:34 of the game.
The Vols are averaging 4.9 blocks per game this season, tied for 51st among Division I teams.
With his three blocks tonight, Jarnell Stokes (27) passed Jordan McRae (24) among the team-block leaders.
Entering the season with 60 career blocks, Stokes needs just four more to pass Willie Burton (90 blocks, 111 games, 1980-84) for 13th place on the all-time career blocks list.
Stokes also needs just 14 more to hit 100 blocks for his career, becoming just the 13th Vol to achieve the feat.
McRae entered the season with 59 career blocks in three seasons. With the 24 recorded in 2013-14 he is 17 off 100 career blocks.
STOKES DOUBLES UP ONCE AGAIN Junior forward Jarnell Stokes led the Vols offensively with 20 points and led the team on the defensive end with 11 rebounds.
He now has 33 career double-doubles during his UT career (76 games), including an SEC-best 15 this season.
His 33 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank for fifth all-time in the UT record books. He passed Dalen Showalter, who had 32 (1957-60). Stokes has posted a double-double in eight of UT's last 11 games.
Stokes notched the seventh 20-point game of his season and the 10th of his career.
Tonight also marked the fifth time in Stokes career that he has had at least 20 points and 11 rebounds
The junior bigman was 9-of-13 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line.
Over his last three games, Stokes is shooting 70.9 from the field as he has made 22-of-31 from the floor.
McRAE CRAE Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 11 points.
It's McRae's 23rd double-digit performance of the season and his seventh straight.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 60 of his 103 career games.
McRae now sits at 1,331 career points just 13 points off passing Mike Edwards (1,343) for 21st on the career scoring list.
The Georgia native finished his final two seasons at UT averaging 23.0 points per game against his home state team. Last season, McRae tallied a career-high 35 against Georgia on March 2.
RICHARDSON CONTINUES HOT STRETCH Josh Richardson scored in double-figures for the sixth time in seven games with 10 points.
He now has 16 games this season and 26 in his career in double-figures.
Over his last seven games, Richardson is shooting 14-of-31 from 3-point range for 45.2 percent.
BARTON FROM DOWNTOWN Antonio Barton was 4-of-7 in 3-point field goals in the game, tying his season high for made three pointers. The Vols are now 11-3 in games when he makes at least one triple.
Entering tonight's contest, Barton had made just five of his last 38 3-pointers spanning 11 games.
Barton finished the game with 12 points scoring in double-figures for the first time since Jan. 15 against Auburn. He had not scored more than 10 points in nine consecutive games.
For the season, Barton has nine games in double-figures and 38 in his career including 29 while he played at Memphis.
AT THE HALF The Vols held a 34-28 lead entering the half
The majority of the Vols' points came in the paint as UT outscored UGA 20-10 from close range
Jarnell Stokes was 6-for-9 in the first half, accumulating 13 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of play
Stokes also had three of the Vols four blocks in the half
There were six lead changes and four tie scores in the first half
UP NEXT The Vols head to Texas A&M to play the Aggies for the second time this season on Saturday at 3 p.m.
That game will air on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.