Cocks stun Vols conference run

The Tennessee Vols traveled to Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday night and suffered a huge setback in their run at any conference championship. The loss almost locked up the fact that they can't win the SEC Eastern Division or Conference titles without a major fallout by Florida and Kentucky.

South Carolina opened up the second half of the game by scoring on a 16-2 run against the Vols. Tennessee was bad from tipoff. They missed their first six shots and were down 9-0 before they could blink an eye.

Tony Kitchings scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half. He had 9 points during a 26-4 run.. The 6-foot-10 senior also held SEC leading scorer Ron Slay to one of his least effective games this season. Carlos Powell had 17 points for South Carolina, Chris Warren and Eidson added 12 each.

Slay finished 10-of-24 from the floor for 23 points. But 16 of them came in garbage time after Kitchings' two foul shots put South Carolina up 52-31 with 14:35 remaining. Brandon Crump added 10 points and 4 rebounds in his 20 minutes of work. Despite winning the rebounding game, Tennessee lost out on some key pulls down the stretch. Super freshman C.J. Watson had 7 points and assists in the loss as well.

South Carolina improved their record to 11-11 overall and 4-7 in the SEC The Cocks also won their fourth straight game.

The Vols must now rebound against a good team on Saturday as the once-top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide come rolling into town. Tennessee's record falls to 15-7 overall and their conference record drops to 7-4. The game is scheduled to begin at 2pm EST.


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