COLUMBIA, S.C. (UT Release) - The Vols remained in a tie for fourth place in the SEC with a wire-to-wire win at South Carolina, 73-64 on Saturday night. Tennessee never trailed in the game after opening the contest on a 3-pointer by Trae Golden 45 seconds into the contest. Golden led all scorers with 21 points as he hit double-figures for the seventh game in a row.
The Vols (16-13, 8-6 SEC) defeated South Carolina for the 11th straight time and swept the season series for the ninth time in history since USC joined the SEC in 1991-92. South Carolina fell to 10-18 overall and 2-12 in the league.
Tennessee has won six of seven games overall with two regular-season game remaining.
Tennessee opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 44-34 lead with 15 minutes left in the game on a fastbreak tip-in by McRae.
South Carolina made a late run in the first half to cut the halftime score to 34-32 in the Vols' favor. The Gamecocks outscored UT 16-7 over the final 5:42 to get back within two points at intermission. Ellington had six of his 10 first-half points in the spurt.
McRae netted 11 points and Maymon had 10 points in the first half as the Vols shot 50 percent (14-of-28) in the first half.
Tennessee jumped out to a 20-9 lead 10 minutes into the game as Cameron Tatum tipped in a rebound. Maymon made his first five field goal attempts of the game with his fifth bucket giving Tennessee a 24-16 lead with 7:58 left in the first half. A 3-pointer by McRae regained an 11-point lead at 27-16 before the Gamecocks made a late-half run
Tennessee plays its final regular-season road game of the year at LSU on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. That game airs on CSS and the Vol Network. The Vols return home for their regular-season finale on Saturday, March 3 as Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m., in an ESPN-televised game.
Jordan McRae netted 16 points as he scored in double-figures for the fourth time in five games showing off a late-season scoring surge. McRae also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Jeronne Maymon had his 10th game in a row in double-figures with 14 points.
Cameron Tatum had a well-rounded game with nine rebounds, one off his career-high and a career-high tying six assists to go along with five points including his first road SEC 3-pointer of the season.
Bruce Ellington tallied 19 points. Malik Cooke led the Gamecocks with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
A Jarnell Stokes one-handed dunk off a no-look feed from Cameron Tatum gave the Vols a 13-point bulge at 59-46 with 6:54 left in regulation. Then Skylar McBee canned a 3-pointer to finish a 10-2 run giving UT a 62-46 lead with 6:17 left in the game.
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