KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - JaJuan Smith scored 22 points and Ramar Smith added a career-high 21 to help pull Tennessee out of a slump with an 82-71 win over Georgia Wednesday night.
The Volunteers (15-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the first time without the league's leading scorer Chris Lofton, who missed a third game with a sprained ankle. Tennessee had lost five of its last six -- all losses on the road.
The Bulldogs (13-7, 5-3) were one of the hottest teams in the S-E-C, winning five of the last six in a stretch that included wins over three straight ranked teams. But they trailed all but a few seconds in the opening minutes of the game and lost their fifth straight to Tennessee.
Jordan Howell had a career-high 11 points with three 3-pointers and Duke Crews added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Vols.