Lofton heats up as No. 3 Tennessee beats Georgia 85-69

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Chris Lofton hit seven three-pointers
and scored a season-high 27 points as Number three Tennessee rolled
to a 85-69 victory over Georgia tonight.
It was the seventh straight win for the Volunteers (17-2, 4-1
Southeastern Conference) over the Bulldogs (11-6, 2-2), who were
playing their first Top 25 opponent.
Lofton, who has only averaged 13.8 points this season compared
to 20.8 as a junior, hit his first three 2{ minutes in to put the
Vols up 5-2.
He didn't stop there. Lofton finished the half with 20 points
after going 7-for-9 from the field including 6-for-8 on
three-pointers. With every three he made, Thompson-Boling Arena
erupted into cheers.
His 20 first-half points nearly outscored Georgia as Tennessee
took a 44-23 lead.
Tennessee built on its lead in the second half with help from
Tyler Smith's 17 points and nine rebounds.
Sundiata Gaines led Georgia with 20 points while Billy Humphrey
and Dave Bliss both added 15 points, and Chris Barnes grabbed nine
rebounds.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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