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Florida Gators snap skid in Knoxville, beat Tennessee 81-75 in overtime

Florida’s Vernon Macklin shoots over Tennessee’s Brian Williams during the first half. Macklin had 11 points, one of five players who were in double figures for the Gators in their first win in Knoxville since 2005.

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Florida’s Vernon Macklin shoots over Tennessee’s Brian Williams during the first half. Macklin had 11 points, one of five players who were in double figures for the Gators in their first win in Knoxville since 2005.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alex Tyus had 18 points and turned a steal into a dunk in overtime that helped Florida to an 81-75 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday night, snapping the Gators' five-game losing streak at Knoxville.

Tennessee scored the last four in regulation. Brian Williams' layup with 1:40 left tied the score at 68, and both teams missed two shots before time expired.

Florida (13-3, 2-0 SEC) opened the overtime with a 3-pointer from Kenny Boynton, who had 17 points, and the Gators scored the first six in the extra frame.

Tennessee cut the margin to 79-75 on Cameron Tatum's 3-pointer with 23 seconds left but didn't hit another shot as the Gators made four free throws to close it out.

Chandler Parsons added 16 points for Florida, Erving Walker had 15 and Vernon Macklin had 11.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl served the second game of an eight-game suspension from SEC play, and the Vols (10-6, 0-2) have lost both games without him. The Gators beat Tennessee for the third time in 11 games since Pearl took over in 2005.

Pearl was suspended by the SEC after he acknowledged lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing investigation into Tennessee's recruiting practices.

Tatum led Tennessee with 21 points. Scotty Hopson had 20 and Tobias Harris 18.

Florida led by as many as eight points in the second half and had a 62-55 lead when Tennessee went on a 9-2 run. Trae Golden grabbed the ball when Walker lost control and drove to the basket for a layup to tie it at 64 with 3:54 left.

Florida shot 53.3 percent in regulation.

Florida 81

Tennessee 75

OVERTIME

Florida Gators snap skid in Knoxville, beat Tennessee 81-75 in overtime 01/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:26am]
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