(22) Florida 63

(13-5, 4-3 SEC)

Tennessee 65

(11-6, 3-4 SEC)

    3:00 PM ET, January 31, 2004

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

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    #22FLA 31 3263
    TENN 32 3365

    Vols 'couldn't wait to play Florida again'

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Florida beat Tennessee by 38 points earlier this month at home.

    The Gators had a much harder time on the Vols' orange-and-white court.

    Scooter McFadgon scored 24 points and Brandon Crump added 11 points and 11 rebounds to help Tennessee rally in the final minutes for a 65-63 victory over Florida (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) on Saturday afternoon.

    "Everybody was talking about payback. Nobody had ever lost by 38 points. It was an embarrassing loss," Crump said. "We couldn't wait to play Florida again."

    The win ended Tennessee's four-game losing streak, two of which came at home to then-No. 9 Kentucky and former No. 5 Louisville.

    The Vols (11-6, 3-4 Southeastern Conference), who are 0-3 on the road in the SEC so far, blew an eight-point lead early in the second half but never let the Gators get too far ahead.

    Tennessee tied it twice in the last nine minutes before retaking the lead with 1:33 left on Justin Albrecht's two free throws.

    After McFadgon added two more free throws to extend the lead to 64-61 with 13.8 seconds to go, Florida (13-5, 4-3) got a break when Albrecht fouled Anthony Roberson shooting a 3-pointer.

    Three free throws would have tied it, but Roberson missed the first and made the last two as the home crowd screamed.

    Roberson then committed his fifth foul on C.J. Watson, who made the first of two free throws to seal it. Florida's Lee Humphrey missed a desperation jumper at the buzzer.

    "Anthony Roberson is a clutch player. He couldn't make all three at the end, though," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We had a chance to tie it at the end but didn't get a great shot."

    Watson added 10 points for the Vols, who won for only the second time in eight meetings with Florida since 2001. McFadgon was 10-of-10 from the foul line.

    Florida's Matt Walsh, who was booed every time he touched the ball, and Roberson finished with 17 points apiece and Christian Drejer added 10.

    The Vols had 15 turnovers and shot 37 percent from the field, but held the Gators to 39 percent. Tennessee also had the rebounding edge, 43-24.

    "This game could have gone either way. We were fortunate," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "You have to take care of your home-court advantage."

    Florida lost its lead midway through the first half and watched Tennessee start the second half with an 8-1 run to go ahead 40-32.

    The Gators missed their first five field-goal attempts after halftime before Drejer's 3 with 13:32 left. His basket started a 16-4 run and Roberson ended it with another 3 to put Florida ahead 50-46 with 9:43 remaining.

    The Gators couldn't extend the lead past four points, and Tennessee kept chipping away.

    Tennessee trailed in the first half until a 12-1 run in which the Vols held the Gators scoreless for six minutes and Donovan was whistled for a technical foul.

    Crump slammed in a rebound after Tennessee's Jemere Hendrix landed on top of Florida's Bonell Colas and stayed on his back until after the shot went down.

    Donovan apparently thought a foul should have been called but the referee objected to his tone. McFadgon made both free throws to finish the run and put Tennessee ahead 29-19.

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