Tennessee hangs on for 66-62 win over Gamecocks

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(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee almost blew a 17-point lead but hung on for a 66-62 win at South Carolina Tuesday night.

Josh Richardson and Kevin Punter each had 13 for Tennessee which built a 56-39 second half lead only to watch it evaporate.

The Gamecocks went on a 23-8 run to get as close as two on a putback by Michael Carrera with 32 seconds left to play. Justin McKie’s 3-pointer with 14 seconds left would have tied it at 65, but bounced in and out.

It is the 15th win in a row for the Volunteers over the Gamecocks. It is also the third straight road win in the SEC for Tennessee which improved to 12-5, 4-1 in the league.

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