Tennessee 71

(22-9, 10-6 SEC)

Georgia 65

(17-12, 8-8 SEC)

    4:00 PM ET, March 3, 2007

    Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

    1 2 T
    TENN 33 3871
    UGA 30 3565

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: J. Smith 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Georgia: S. Gaines 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tennessee 71, Georgia 65

    Associated Press

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- JaJuan Smith scored 19 points and Chris Lofton had 14 to help Tennessee beat Georgia 71-65 and win for the seventh time in eight games on Saturday.

    The Volunteers (22-9, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) secured the Eastern Division's No. 3 seed and will play LSU in the first round of the league tournament next week in Atlanta.

    Georgia (17-12, 8-8) has lost two straight and three of four to become the East's No. 5 seed. Sundiata Gaines scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs, who have yet to learn their first-round opponent.

    Chris Lofton, who began the game with a 20.8 average as the SEC's leading scorer, had just 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting, but the junior guard took control of the game with 5:33 remaining and Georgia leading by two.

    With Levi Stukes guarding him tightly, Lofton hit a 25-foot 3-pointer in front of the Tennessee bench that gave the Vols a 55-54 lead.

    Steve Newman answered with a putback for the Bulldogs, but Lofton followed with a 3 from the left corner before stealing the ball from Takais Brown and driving for a layup that made it 60-56.

    Winners of six straight and nine of 11 against Georgia, the Vols had a 12-point lead twice in the first half, the second time coming on Smith's 3-pointer.

    The Bulldogs were just 5-of-21 on 3-point attempts, but Tennessee, which finished the regular season with a school record 279 treys, went 11-of-26.

    Ramar Smith had 13 for the Vols, and Brown finished with 13 for Georgia.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 65
    FG Made-Attempted 23-54 (.426) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-26 (.423) 5-21 (.238)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 16-25 (.640)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 0

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