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Tennessee 89, Georgia 65

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scooter McFadgon scored 31 points and
Brandon Crump added 14 Wednesday night to lead Tennessee to an
89-65 victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener
for both teams.

The Volunteers (9-1, 1-0) led by as many as 19 points in the
first half only to see the Bulldogs (8-4, 0-1) rally to cut it to
six before halftime.

Tennessee put the game away by opening the second half with a
24-5 run that pushed its lead to 64-36 with 11:55 remaining. The
Vols had four 3-pointers during the spurt, including two by C.J.
Watson and another by Crump, a center.

Georgia shaved the lead to 17 with 4:11 left, but that was as
close as the Bulldogs would get.

Georgia didn't look much like the team that beat then-No. 3
Georgia Tech 83-80 in double overtime last weekend.

The Bulldogs' four senior and one freshman starters usually play
nearly every minute but got into foul trouble early in the second
half and couldn't defend Tennessee's perimeter shooting very well.

And their 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc wasn't enough to
help new coach Dennis Felton fare better in his conference debut.

The Vols were 12-of-19 from 3-point range, and McFadgon, who
tied a career high in total points, accounted for half of their 3s
on 6-of-9 shooting.

Jemere Hendrix added 12 points for the Vols, who also were
buoyed by going 19-of-26 from the foul line.

Damien Wilkins led the Bulldogs with 19 points while freshman
Levi Stukes added 18 and Rashad Wright had 10.

Georgia led 4-0 in the opening minutes, and Tennessee took over
from there, jumping out to a 27-8 lead with 8:45 to go in the first
half.

The Bulldogs made only four of their first 15 attempts from the
floor, but they warmed up.

After John Winchester's 3-pointer put the Vols ahead by 18,
Georgia needed just a little over a minute to get back into the
game.

Stukes, Wright and Wilkins hit consecutive 3s, and Wilkins
capped an 11-3 run with another basket to cut the lead to 35-25
with 3:26 remaining.

Georgia whittled the lead to six, but Tennessee finished the
first half with a 6-1 spurt to restore its lead to 11.

Tennessee was on pace to set a school record in 3-point shooting
percentage, but reserve Pee-Wee Gash missed two 3s in the final
minute to drop the percentage to 63.2.

The Vols were 12-of-17, or 70.6 percent, before his attempts,
which would have bested the school-record 64.3 percent in a game
against North Carolina State in 1992.

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