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NCAAM: Vols Bounce Back vs. No. 24 South Carolina Behind Punter Jr Career-High, 78-69

Tennessee (10-9, 3-4) improved to 10-2 inside Thompson-Boling Arena this season after a 78-69 upset of No. 24 South Carolina.

Kevin Punter Jr. dropped 27 second half points en route to a career-high 36-point performance (8/16 FG, 6/11 3FG, 14/15 FT). That marks the 14th game this season that Punter Jr has scored 20 or more points.

After an opening 20 minutes that resulted in ugly basketball for both teams (29-28 UT), the Volunteers connected on their first 5 three-point attempts of the second half to surge in front of the Gamecocks.

IMG_0671Frank Martin’s Gamecocks (17-2, 4-2) came into Knoxville as one of the top teams in the SEC and the country – Tennessee only trailed for 68 seconds of this game.

Tennessee’s next contest is Tuesday in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide at 9p.m. ET on SEC Network.

 

Key Stats

  • 3FG%: SC 29% / UT 48%
  • Free Throws: SC 65% (15/23) / UT 94% (30-32)
  • PtsOff TO: SC 17 / UT 24
  • Tot Reb: Each w/ 34
  • PtsPaint: SC 40 / UT 14
  • Steals: SC 7 / UT 12

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