Tennessee players not named Jarnell Stokes never found their touch and the Vols lost to No. 6 Florida 67-41 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday.
The Gators (17-3, 6-0 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak to UT and strengthened their vice grip on the No. 1 spot in the conference standings.
The Vols (12-7, 3-3) posted season-lows in shooting percentage (28.6) and points scored.
Stokes scored 16 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the 28th double-double of his career. He made six of nine shots. Senior forward Jeronne Maymon (eight points, seven rebounds) made four of eight. Their teammates made five of 39.
The Vols trailed 26-19 at halftime, which was somewhat remarkable since they shot just 26.9 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from 3-point range. The 19 points were a season-low.
Florida’s swarming defense — combined with the inability of the Vols’ guards to score — resulted in a UT scoring drought that didn’t see a field goal for 8:46. But the Gators didn’t pounce on the opportunity until the second half.
The Gators started the second on a 21-5 run. Their defense remained stifling. The Vols continued to shoot, and miss.