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January 20, 2007

Tennessee loses Lofton but beats S. Carolina

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -JaJuan Smith scored 21 points and Wayne Chism added 14 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 22 Tennessee end its three-game losing streak with a 64-61 win over South Carolina on Saturday.

The Volunteers (14-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) had lost three in a row by a total of six points and avoided losing their fourth straight despite the loss of the league's leading scorer Chris Lofton.

Lofton left the game early in the second half with a right ankle injury after scoring only four points.

Tennessee led most of the game, but the Gamecocks (10-7, 0-4) made several runs in hopes of ending their losing streak which they extended to five games. At least this one was closer.

South Carolina lost their last two games by 34 points to Florida and 38 to Kentucky. The Gamecocks rallied from being down 15 early in the second half to come within three with 2:50 left.

Tennessee scored twice to get it back up to seven with 53.8 seconds left, and South Carolina resorted to scoring quickly and fouling. Tennessee went 5-of-6 from the foul line the rest of the way to seal it.

Ramar Smith added 10 points for the Vols.

Tre Kelley led South Carolina with 18 points while Dominique Archie added 12 and Evaldas Baniulis had 10. Brandon Wallace had 15 rebounds.

For more coverage of Tennessee, visit VolQuest.com; for more on South Carolina, visit GamecockCentral.com.



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