Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Punter and Josh Richardson each tallied 13 points to lead the Tennessee Volunteers past the South Carolina Gamecocks, 66-62, in SEC action at Colonial Life Arena.
Armani Moore chipped in with 11 points for Tennessee (12-5, 4-1 SEC), while Derek Reese added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds in the win. The Vols have been victorious in their last three contests.
Sindarius Thornwell led all scorers in the contest, netting 17 points with seven boards for South Carolina (10-7, 1-4), which has dropped four of its last five games. Demetrius Henry contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.
Tennessee connected on a healthy 50 percent of its shots from the floor in the first half, which led to a 31-26 lead for the Vols at the intermission. South Carolina made 38.7 percent of its attempts in the frame, including just 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
The Vols increased their shooting touch in the second period, making 66.7 percent of their shots with a 6-of-9 mark from beyond the arc highlighting the half. The Gamecocks made only 30.3 percent from the field, but hit on a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line to cut the Tennessee lead down a point, but it wasn't enough for a comeback.
Tennessee outscored South Carolina from 3-point range in the contest, 30-12. The Gamecocks held advantages in points in the paint (36-26) and in bench scoring (22-13).