Tennessee, which went 0-8 in SEC road games a year ago, now stands 1-0 in league play and 8-5 overall. Georgia, which has just six scholarship players, slips to 0-1 and 6-5.
Following Newman's basket, UT head man Buzz Peterson called a timeout. Whatever he said during the conference, it worked. Brandon Crump hit a half-hook, Jemere Hendrix sank a baseline jumper and C.J. Watson made four free throws as the Vols went up 68-58 with two minutes left.
Georgia could not get back in the game after that.
Watson finished with 17 points, including a 9-of-10 performance at the foul line. He picked up his fourth foul with eight minutes left but managed to play the rest of the way foul-free. Chris Lofton, who chipped in 14 points, also finished the game with four fouls. Scooter McFadgon and Andre Patterson contributed 11 points apiece for the Vols, who shot a solid 51 percent (23 of 45) from the field.
The Bulldogs raced to a 15-9 lead in the opening minutes but UT responded with an 11-0 run. A 3-pointer by Watson sparked the rally. Georgia pulled even at 33-33 but Tennessee scored the final nine points of the half.
The Vols return to action Saturday, hosting Vanderbilt. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m., with CBS televising the game.