#4 Florida falls to Volunteers 66-59

The Tennessee basketball team once again became an SEC power on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the 4th ranked Florida Gators 66-59 in a huge win for the Volunteers.

The day started off badly when the Gators opened up with a 8-0 run to grab a big, early lead. SEC Player of the Year leader Ron Slay would have none of that. Slay gave the biggest boost with his 20 points and 11 rebounds, but Brandon Crump wasn't far behind.

Slay, the SEC's leading scorer, scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Crump's 11 point total was the best of his career as a Vol thus far.

Arguably the biggest shot of the game came from Jon Higgins. He connected on a three-point shot that put the Vols ahead for good and made the score 51-50. The Gators had been averaging around 74 points a game, so the defensive effort the Vols put up was very strong. Florida was not able to overcome Tennessee's second half storm following Higgin's three point bomb.

The win was Tennessee's sixth straight and they improved their record to 15-6 overall (7-3 SEC). Billy Donovan's Gator team saw their record fall to 20-4 overall and 9-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida will see their lofty ranking take a hit again after being abused by the Vols.

Matt Bonner led the Gators in the scoring catergory. He was 10-of-24 from three-point range, with 19 total points.

Tennessee travels to Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pm EST. The Vols will host Alabama next Saturday in Thompson-Boling Arena. Those that are now thinking of attending, might just want to get their tickets first thing Monday morning. Tennessee basketball is back.


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