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GATORS CAN'T KEEP UP, FALL HARD IN SECOND HALF

Florida leads at halftime, then Tennessee turns it on to improve to 20-2, its best start ever.

Chris Lofton made six 3-pointers in scoring 26, and Tennessee beat Florida 104-82 on Tuesday night.

Tyler Smith and JaJuan Smith each had 23 points and Duke Crews added 10 for the No. 7 Vols (20-2, 7-1 SEC), who are off to their best start in history.

Florida (18-5, 5-3) led by as many as 13 during the first half and entered the second with a 48-44 lead. Alex Tyus' layup with 17:59 to go increased the Gators' lead to 52-46.

Tennessee went ahead after Tyler Smith spun to hit a jumper and Lofton followed with a 3 with 16:02 to go.

Tennessee, which normally makes only 64.6 percent of its free throws, took advantage of the Gators' foul trouble, making 21 of 30 (70 percent) to boost its lead.

The Vols also made 13 from behind the arc, including Lofton's six and another six from Smith.

Tennessee, which averages 84.5 points, is only the fifth team to reach its average against Florida.

The Gators had no problems scoring in the first half as they jumped out to a 16-3 lead four minutes in as Tennessee missed five straight shots.

The Vols went on an 8-0 run, then Tennessee and Florida traded baskets - four straight 3-pointers for the Vols and field goals for the Gators - to tie the score at 30 with 10:12 to go in the first half.

Marreese Speights of St. Petersburg led Florida with 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Dan Werner added 18 points, Nick Calathes had 15 and Jai Lucas had 10.

The Gators have dropped three of their past four road games. Florida next plays host to Georgia at 3 on Saturday.

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