Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as the Volunteers beat Georgia 67-48 Tuesday night, snapping Georgia’s four-game winning streak. Jordan McRae and Antonio Barton scored 12 and 11 points, respectively for the Volunteers.
In contrast to Stoke’s offensive dominance, the Bulldog inside players scored only 6 times on 23 attempts while visits to the free throw line became rare events.
G”[Jarnell Stokes] wore us out. Give him credit, he was the aggressor and we just couldn’t get him contained. He’s a good player and he came in very determined today. He got the ball in some good spots and made some plays. He had a really good night.”
By outrebounding the Bulldogs (30 – 37) and denying Georgia at the free throw line – Georgia shot a season low 11 free throws, making 8 – Tennessee turned a close game into a route halfway through the second half.
Georgia (14-11, 8-5) was led by Kenny Gaines who scored 13 points. J.J. Frazier also scored a career-high 12 points. However, Charles Mann scored only 5 points and with Georgia’s bread and butter off the menu, the Bulldogs spent the evening out of sorts on offense.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We didn’t have the bounce in our step that we needed to get stops. We got worn out on the backboards. Like all conference games, win or lose, you have to learn from it and move onto the next game and we’ll do that with this one.
Facing a six-point halftime deficit, the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to three at 38- 35, but that’s as close as Georgia would get.
At the 16-minute mark, the Volunteers (16-10, 7-6) began a 12-3 run, capped by a Stokes jumper in the lane to extend its lead to double-digits, 50-38. In the closing minutes of the game, Tennessee extended its advantage to 19 points.
In the first half, Georgia trailed 28-23 with five minutes remaining, but freshman J.J. Frazier scored five straight points to tie the game at 28-28. The Vols ended the half on a 6-0 on run to take a 34-28 halftime lead. The Bulldogs led three different times with its final advantage coming with eight minutes left in the first half.
The Bulldogs will hit the road again to face South Carolina (20-15, 3-9) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC-TV.