Vols Survive South Carolina’s Late Rally to Win 66-62

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Josh Richardson and Kevin Punter had 13 points each and Derek Reese hit a foul shot with 13.8 seconds left that sealed Tennessee’s 15th straight victory over South Carolina in a 66-62 win Tuesday night.
The Vols (12-5, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) led 56-39 with 8:40 remaining when the Gamecocks used a 23-8 run to get within a basket on Michael Carrera’s putback with 32.9 seconds left.
South Carolina had a chance to tie, trailing 65-62, but Justin McKie’s 3-pointer rolled around the rim and out with 14 seconds left. Reese followed with his free throw to close out the victory.
Tennessee won its third-straight SEC road game to start a season for the first time since 2009.
Sindarius Thornwell had 17 points for South Carolina, which has not beaten Tennessee since 2007.
The Vols hit 10 3-pointers, finishing with a season’s best shooting percentage of 57.5 (23 of 40).
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