COLUMBIA, S. C. – Tennessee ventured to Columbia on Sunday afternoon in search of its fourth Southeastern Conference win of the season, and the Volunteers got just that in the form of a 66-61 win over the Gamecocks.
The Volunteers (12-10, 4-6 SEC) never trailed on the day, knocking down 44 percent of their field goal attempts in route to the road victory. Jarnell Stokes led the way for Tennessee with an impressive, double-double performance of 20 points and 10 rebounds – team-highs in each category. Trae Golden did his part as well, knocking down four of his eight shots on his way to 15 points.
The Vols limited South Carolina (12-11, 2-8) to 40 percent from the field and a paltry 15.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Tennessee forced USC into 13 turnovers while allowing just eight assists on the other end of the floor.
Michael Carrera scored in double-figures for the fourth consecutive game for the Gamecocks, dropping 18 points to go along with 11 boards in the losing effort. In his last four outings, Carerra is now averaging 17.5 points and has a pair of double-digit rebounding games. Brian Richardson added 14 points and four rebounds for the Gamecocks, and he has now scored in double-digits in three of the last four contests as well.
The Vols held an advantage from the free throw line on Sunday afternoon, knocking down 25 of their 34 attempts compared to just 18 makes on 25 tries for South Carolina.
Tennessee will be back on the court on Wednesday night against Vanderbilt, while South Carolina will now turn its focus to a Thursday night showdown with LSU.