Scores

Final

Florida 63

(18-4, 5-2 SEC)

Tennessee 79

(13-7, 4-2 SEC)

    9:00 PM ET, January 31, 2009

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    FLA 22 4163
    TENN 39 4079

    Top Performers

    Florida: N. Calathes 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tennessee: S. Hopson 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl

    Tennessee 79, Florida 63

    Associated Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Scotty Hopson scored a career-high 20 points as Tennessee cruised to a 79-63 win over Southeastern Conference East rival Florida on Saturday night.

    Tennessee (13-7, 4-2) scored the first six points and didn't let up as Florida (18-4, 5-2) remained cold for much of the first half. With 10:22 left before halftime, Emmanuel Negedu hit a layup to give Tennessee a 16-6 lead.

    The Volunteers, whose 30.6 percent shooting average behind the arc is one of the worst in the SEC, hit a flurry of 3-pointers to take a 39-22 halftime lead. Six Volunteers combined for eight 3s in the first half, shooting 42 percent.

    Florida's Nick Calathes, coming off his second career triple-double, picked up two fouls in the first 3 minutes and sat out 11 minutes of the half. In 9 minutes, he scored six points, grabbed one rebound, had one assist and committed three turnovers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FLA
    TENN
    Points 63 79
    FG Made-Attempted 22-52 (.423) 29-59 (.492)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 12-28 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-21 (.571) 9-17 (.529)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 23

    2008-09 Season

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