Knoxville, Tn -
A strong inside-outside game led by Jarnell Stokes and Antonio Barton guided the Vols to a 67-48 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Stokes dominated in the post on both ends of the floor as he had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks along with three assists and a steal. The junior notched his SEC-leading 15 double-double and shot 9-of-13 from the floor.
Barton caught fire from long distance to give the Vols a weapon from beyond the arc. He made 4-of-7 from 3-point range to finish with 12 points. Barton had made just 5-of-38 over his last 11 games. He had made a total of two 3-pointers in his last seven contests.
The Vols moved to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the SEC while Georgia saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. The Bulldogs are now 14-11 and 8-5 in the league.
Barton's big night made up for a off night from the Vols' leading scorer Jordan McRae who had 11 points on just 2-of-5 from the floor. The Georgia native came into the averaging 20.4 points per game in SEC action.
Josh Richardson added 10 for Tennessee, his sixth time in double-figures in seven contests.
Tennessee held Georgia scoreless over the final 3:34 as the Bulldogs had a season-low 48 points. The 48 points were the fewest allowed by UT in a game this season and fewest since Vanderbilt was held to 46 on Feb. 13, 2013.
Kenny Gaines led Georgia with 13 points while J.J. Frazier set a career-high with 12 points, including 10 in the first half.
The Vols expanded on a six-point halftime lead early in the second half thanks to 7-0 run keyed by a rare 3-point field goal by Derek Reese. That put Tennessee ahead by 10 points, the first double-figure lead of the game, 45-35, with 14 minutes left in regulation.
After Barton canned his third 3-pointer of the game, Stokes dropped in a nifty lay-up to put the Vols ahead, 50-38 with 10 minutes left.
A trey by Richardson moved the margin to 14 at 57-43 with eight minutes to go and the Vols cruised from there.
Tennessee shot 55 percent on 11-of-20 from the floor in the second half, making 4-of-7 from 3-point range over the final 20 minutes.
The Vols' defense was stout in the second half, limiting Georgia to 25 percent in the period as the Bulldogs finished 34 in the game.
Thanks to a big first half from Stokes, the Vols led 34-28 at halftime. Stokes led all scorers with 13 points while Frazier had 10 for Georgia -- to set a new career-high, in his eight minutes of action.
Stokes scored seven of the Vols' fine nine points as the Vols took the 6-point lead into intermission.
The Vols head to Texas A&M to play the Aggies for the second time this season on Saturday at 3 p.m. Texas A&M pulled off a stunning 57-56 win over Tennessee on Jan. 11 in Knoxville.