"(Tennessee) beat us from the foul line,'' Harrick said. "Today we get four more (field goals, 31-27), they shoot 23 foul shots, we shoot six, and I get a technical foul. It's just absolutely incredible.'' Added Harrick: "We never got a call today. We haven't had a 5-for-6 night from the free-throw line all year. That's a joke.''
Eight of Tennessee's 23 free throws came in the final 33 seconds, when Georgia trailed by four or more points and was fouling to stop the clock.
Step right up: Based on Georgia's last-place defensive ranking in the SEC, it may be no coincidence that players keep setting personal scoring highs against the Bulldogs.
Tennessee's Ron Slay scored SEC career highs (29 points on Jan. 22 and 33 points Saturday) against Georgia twice in less than three weeks.
Back in black: Georgia wore its black road uniforms for the second time in a conference game this year. The first time came when it took its only road conference win of the season — at Arkansas on Jan. 18. The uniforms brought no luck Saturday, however.
Hayes had averaged only about 10 points in his last three games, including five points against Mississippi State last week — but he was closer to form Saturday with his 19 points and eight rebounds.
"I felt pretty good,'' Hayes said. "I felt fine.''
Also, though he was only 1 for 6 from the field, point guard Rashad Wright played 37 minutes and did not appear to favor a sore wrist that had slowed him in practice last week.
Third place in jeopardy: Tennessee climbed into a tie with Georgia for third place in the SEC East, and it could pass the Bulldogs this week. While Georgia must play at No. 6 Kentucky (8-0 SEC) Tuesday night, Tennessee plays at struggling Arkansas Wednesday. Georgia won at Kentucky last season for the first time since 1985.