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Williams scores 20, No. 3 Tennessee holds off Florida 78-67

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Grant Williams did just about anything he wanted to against Florida.

He even called for - and delivered - one of his more precise passes of the season in crunch time.

Williams scored 20 points and found Admiral Schofield for a clinching 3-pointer in the corner with 41.3 seconds remaining to help No. 3 Tennessee beat Florida 78-67 on Saturday for the team's 10th consecutive victory.

''We knew we were going to get Grant the ball at the elbow and we knew they would collapse probably,'' Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said. ''He told those guys, `You get where you're supposed to be and I'll make the right pass.' He found Admiral, and that was big shot obviously.''

It was the biggest shot, although it came after Williams appeared to get away with a travel in the lane.

Jalen Hudson misfired on the other end, and the Gators (9-6, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) committed two turnovers in the waning seconds to turn a one-possession game into a lopsided final score.

''One of those games where every possession was a critical one,'' Barnes said.

Jordan Bowden added 17 off the bench for Tennessee (14-1, 3-0), which last enjoyed a double-digit win streak in 2008.

Bowden accounted for 14 consecutive points late in the second half with Schofield on the bench with four fouls. He made five free throws, two driving layups and a 3-pointer. He also dished to John Fulkerson for another layup.

Equally huge for the Vols were two second-half baskets that each came after two offensive rebounds. Williams scored on both.

''Those were some big opportunities for us,'' Barnes said.

Williams made 8 of 11 shots to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.

''If we played man-to-man for 40 minutes, Grant Williams might have had 60,'' Florida coach Mike White said. ''And we might have all fouled out, including me.''

KeVaughn Allen had 18 points for the Gators, and Noah Locke added 16 points.

Florida led 38-35 at the half thanks to nine 3-pointers. But Tennessee did a much better job guarding the 3-point line and closing out on shooters after the break, allowing just 3 for 10 in the second half.

Still, the Gators had chances to pull off an upset. They missed two treys in the final 1:14, including one wide-open look off a turnover.

''We've got some areas where we're just average or below average,'' White said. ''If we don't get more disciplined, more mentally tough, pay closer attention relative to scouting, this is going to happen much more.''

Tennessee players mockingly performed the ''Gator chomp'' to fans after the final buzzer.

''I'm not one for it. I thought it was kind of low, but whatever,'' the Gators' Kevarrius Hayes said. ''I just think people got to have more pride and understand that we are Florida and everybody wants to beat Florida. We can't go easy.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: The Volunteers have won five straight true road games, a clear sign of their talent and depth.

Florida: The Gators went toe-to-toe with a top-five team, but just don't have the fire power to score 80 to beat many elite teams.

MULLEN HYPE

Florida football coach Dan Mullen addressed the sellout crowd before the game, crediting his team for a 10-win season that included a win against Michigan in the Peach Bowl.

''The Gator standard is to not be in second in the SEC, the Gator standard is about being first in the SEC,'' Mullen said. ''The challenge for all of us, the challenge for the players, for coaches and everybody in Gator Nation, what we did last year was good enough for 10 wins and No. 6.

''This year we're going to ask you for a whole `nother level. I challenge you to bring back that Gator standard not to be No. 2, but to be at a championship level.''

FAMILIAR FACE

Former Florida guard Walter Hodge, a two-time national champion, was in attendance. Hodge currently plays for Homenetmen Beirut in a professional league in Lebanon.

UP NEXT

Tennessee begins a two-game homestand against Arkansas on Tuesday night.

Florida plays at No. 14 Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Bone
0 G
A. Nembhard
2 G
30.4 Min. Per Game 30.4
7.4 Pts. Per Game 7.4
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
45.0 Field Goal % 35.9
26.7 Three Point % 35.0
84.8 Free Throw % 72.0
+ 2 Jordan Bowden made layup 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Noah Locke, stolen by Grant Williams 1.0
+ 2 Jordan Bone made dunk 10.0
  Bad pass turnover on Andrew Nembhard, stolen by Jordan Bone 17.0
+ 1 Lamonte Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Lamonte Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Noah Locke 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Admiral Schofield 29.0
  Jalen Hudson missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
+ 3 Admiral Schofield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Grant Williams 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Bowden 1:05
Team Stats
Points 78 67
Field Goals 29-55 (52.7%) 19-54 (35.2%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 12-32 (37.5%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 28
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 22 17
Team 4 5
Assists 15 11
Steals 7 4
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 19 16
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 3 Tennessee 14-1 354378
home team logo Florida 9-6 382967
Team Stats
away team logo 3 Tennessee 14-1 87.1 PPG 42.5 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Florida 9-6 69.6 PPG 38.9 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
2
G. Williams F 18.9 PPG 7.5 RPG 3.6 APG 56.1 FG%
5
K. Allen G 11.8 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.5 APG 42.6 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Williams F 20 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
K. Allen G 18 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
52.7 FG% 35.2
39.1 3PT FG% 37.5
78.6 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Williams 20 9 4 8/11 1/1 3/4 3 36 2 2 3 4 5
A. Schofield 14 8 2 6/11 2/5 0/0 4 25 0 1 2 0 8
J. Bone 8 5 5 3/8 2/5 0/0 2 37 1 0 2 1 4
Y. Pons 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 10 1 0 0 0 1
K. Alexander 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 21 1 0 0 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Williams 20 9 4 8/11 1/1 3/4 3 36 2 2 3 4 5
A. Schofield 14 8 2 6/11 2/5 0/0 4 25 0 1 2 0 8
J. Bone 8 5 5 3/8 2/5 0/0 2 37 1 0 2 1 4
Y. Pons 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 10 1 0 0 0 1
K. Alexander 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 21 1 0 0 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bowden 17 2 1 5/11 1/3 6/7 0 29 2 0 2 1 1
L. Turner 12 1 1 4/8 2/6 2/3 3 29 0 0 3 0 1
J. Fulkerson 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 1 0
D. Walker 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
B. Woodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fleschman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burns - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jancek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 32 15 29/55 9/23 11/14 19 200 7 3 12 10 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Allen 18 1 1 6/9 5/6 1/1 2 29 1 0 3 0 1
N. Locke 16 0 0 4/10 4/9 4/4 1 30 0 0 1 0 0
K. Hayes 8 7 1 2/3 0/0 4/7 3 18 0 0 2 3 4
J. Hudson 2 0 3 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 20 1 0 0 0 0
A. Nembhard 2 1 5 1/10 0/3 0/0 1 34 0 0 3 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Allen 18 1 1 6/9 5/6 1/1 2 29 1 0 3 0 1
N. Locke 16 0 0 4/10 4/9 4/4 1 30 0 0 1 0 0
K. Hayes 8 7 1 2/3 0/0 4/7 3 18 0 0 2 3 4
J. Hudson 2 0 3 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 20 1 0 0 0 0
A. Nembhard 2 1 5 1/10 0/3 0/0 1 34 0 0 3 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bassett 7 3 1 1/3 1/3 4/4 3 22 1 1 1 1 2
D. Ballard 5 3 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 3
K. Johnson 5 5 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 1 4
K. Stone 4 3 0 0/4 0/2 4/5 1 19 1 0 0 0 3
M. Okauru 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
G. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fava - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Krause - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 23 11 19/54 12/32 17/21 16 200 4 1 12 6 17