Tennessee fell just short against Georgia Thursday in the SEC Tournament. Tennessee had a chance to win, but just couldn’t convert. In the end, Georgia escaped with the 59 to 57 victory.
Vols’ point guard Lamonte Turner started the scoring for the Vols with a couple of big deep-range shots. After a slow scoring first 10 minutes, Tennessee and Georgia exchanged offensive bursts. Tennessee’s Jordon Bone also made two 3-pointers during the first half that helped Tennessee keep the lead. At the end of the first half Tennessee took a 27 to 26 lead to the locker room. Georgia averaged 13 turnovers a game this season. In the first half of this game the Bulldogs committed 10. Georgia’s turnovers combined with some timely shooting that helped Tennessee keep the one-point lead at the half.
During the second half, Georgia took the lead for most of the way. Tennessee was able to jump out in front at certain times, but the Vols’ youth shone through down the stretch. In the last possession of the game, the Vols passed around the ball trying to get a game-winning shot. Finally, Admiral Schofield put up a three, but it fell just short of going in.
Overall, Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner had the best performances for Tennessee. Bone totaled 14 points, and 5 assists, with a total of four 3-pointers. Turner racked up 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Vols’ Admiral Schofield added 9 points, and a team leading 11 rebounds. Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden had a solid game with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Grant Williams and Robert Hubbs III each had 6 points for the Volunteers, while Kyle Alexander rounded out the scoring for the Volunteers with 2 points, and 2 rebounds.
Georgia’s best play came from senior J.J. Frazier. He scored 17 points, pulled in 10 rebounds, and added 4 assists. Georgia benefited from the comeback of formerly injured Yante Matten. He scored 12 points, and grabbed 5 rebounds.
With the loss, Tennessee finished the regular season and SEC Tournament with a record of 16-16. Georgia will move on to play Kentucky on Friday.