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South Carolina falls to Tennessee 66-46

The Gamecocks trailed by six in Knoxville but the second half saw the 22nd-ranked Volunteers find another gear.
Credit: AP
South Carolina guard James Reese V (0) drives as he's defended by Tennessee guard Josiah-Jordan James (30) during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points to help No. 22 Tennessee overcome a sluggish start to beat South Carolina, 66-46, in a Southeastern Conference game Tuesday night. 

The Volunteers (11-4, 2-2), who live by the 3-point shot, missed their first five attempts and didn’t hit their first 3-pointer until 2 minutes were left in the first half. The score was tied at 22 when Tennessee went on a 12-2 run that spilled over into the second half. 

Charleston native and Porter Gaud product Josiah-Jordan James had 11 points and 12 rebounds to aid the Tennessee effort. James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half that gave the Vols a spark. Zakai Zeigler had 11 points and John Fulkerson added 10. James Reese led the Gamecocks (10-5, 1-2) with 15 points.