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Turner's 25 leads No. 21 Tennessee past South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) After a listless performance in a loss to Missouri, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes told his players it was going to be a long season if they couldn't get points off the bench.

Lamonte Turner didn't start but matched his career high with 25 points, and reserve forward Derrick Walker added 10 to help the 12th-ranked Volunteers (13-5, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) to a 70-63 win over South Carolina on Saturday night.

Tennessee's reserves scored a season-high 39 points.

''We can't get locked into a seven-man rotation,'' said Barnes, who got at least 10 minutes off the bench from four different players.

Turner was by far the best. The 6-foot-1 guard led the Vols in rebounds with six, made all 10 of his free throws - including four in the final 36 seconds - and had a key sequence in the second half with the game tied at 59 and South Carolina (12-7, 3-4) having just missed two chances to take its first lead since the opening two minutes.

Turner made a short jumper, and then found Admiral Schofield in the corner for a 3 on a fast break that Schofield started with a steal. The Volunteers led the rest of the way.

Justin Minaya and Wesley Myers each scored 16 points to lead the Gamecocks, who made 10 of 23 3-pointers as their inside game faded away.

Tennessee never stretched their lead beyond double digits. South Carolina had a chance to cut the lead to one or tie in the final minute but missed a 3-pointer, a short jumper, a layup and a tip-in on one possession.

The Gamecocks tied the game twice in the second half but could never push ahead. Last week, South Carolina came from 14 down in the second half to beat No. 18 Kentucky 76-68.

''When we tied the game against Kentucky, we didn't airball the next layup,'' Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said.

SHUTTING DOWN THE BIGS

Tennessee outscored South Carolina 32-16 in the paint, getting both of the Gamecocks' main big men in foul trouble.

Chris Silva, who came in averaging a second-best 19.3 points in SEC games, scored just six points on 1-of-5 shooting, playing only 25 minutes and picking up four fouls. The Gamecocks' other starting big man, Malik Kotsar, fouled out with just eight points.

''They are learning they better put their big boy pants on if the game is like that,'' Martin said.

POLL WATCH

The win may be just enough to help Tennessee hang on to its first Top 25 ranking in nearly seven years. The Volunteers went 1-1 this week after losing 59-55 at Missouri. They have been ranked for seven straight weeks since entering the poll for the first time since 2010 on Dec. 4.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers made 5 of 11 3-pointers, important shots to open up the inside after South Carolina had held its last two opponents to a combined 4 for 23 from behind the arc. Tennessee had four offensive rebounds all game but scored on each of them.

South Carolina: The loss stings, but after starting 1-3 in the SEC, the Gamecocks are back in the NCAA Tournament discussion after wins in the past week at Georgia and at home against No. 18 Kentucky. But free throws killed South Carolina's chances. Silva missed two free throws that would have tied it with 2:30 left, and the Gamecocks made just 17 of 27 attempts. South Carolina is now 1-7 when it scores fewer than 70 points and 11-0 when it gets more than 70.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: Hosts Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

South Carolina: Heads to Florida on Wednesday.

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Key Players
G. Williams
2 F
H. Gravett
2 G
24.5 Min. Per Game 24.5
7.9 Pts. Per Game 7.9
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
48.4 Field Goal % 37.7
15.0 Three Point % 28.0
75.0 Free Throw % 67.4
  Offensive rebound by South Carolina 0.0
  Hassani Gravett missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Bad pass turnover on Admiral Schofield, stolen by Felipe Haase 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Admiral Schofield 7.0
  Hassani Gravett missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 Lamonte Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Lamonte Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Felipe Haase 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Lamonte Turner 19.0
  Justin Minaya missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
+ 1 Lamonte Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
Team Stats
Points 70 63
Field Goals 23-40 (57.5%) 18-49 (36.7%)
3-Pointers 5-11 (45.5%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 17-27 (63.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 31
Offensive 4 12
Defensive 20 13
Team 1 6
Assists 10 13
Steals 8 6
Blocks 7 1
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
16 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 21 Tennessee 13-5 333770
home team logo South Carolina 12-7 303363
Team Stats
away team logo 21 Tennessee 13-5 82.0 PPG 40.4 RPG 17.9 APG
home team logo South Carolina 12-7 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
1
L. Turner G 11.0 PPG 2.8 RPG 3.8 APG 42.2 FG%
10
J. Minaya F 7.4 PPG 5.6 RPG 1.6 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Turner G 25 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
J. Minaya F 16 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
57.5 FG% 36.7
45.5 3PT FG% 43.5
79.2 FT% 63.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Williams 14 2 0 4/9 0/1 6/7 1 31 1 2 0 0 2
A. Schofield 12 4 3 5/7 2/4 0/0 2 32 2 0 3 1 3
K. Alexander 3 3 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 2 14 0 2 0 1 2
J. Bone 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 16 0 0 3 0 1
J. Bowden 0 0 3 0/3 0/2 0/2 3 13 2 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Williams 14 2 0 4/9 0/1 6/7 1 31 1 2 0 0 2
A. Schofield 12 4 3 5/7 2/4 0/0 2 32 2 0 3 1 3
K. Alexander 3 3 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 2 14 0 2 0 1 2
J. Bone 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 16 0 0 3 0 1
J. Bowden 0 0 3 0/3 0/2 0/2 3 13 2 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Turner 25 6 2 6/9 3/3 10/10 2 32 1 0 2 0 6
D. Walker Jr. 10 4 0 5/5 0/0 0/2 3 25 0 1 1 1 3
J. Daniel III 2 0 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 22 2 1 0 0 0
Y. Pons 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 1 0 1 1
C. Darrington 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 0 2
B. Woodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fleschman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Fulkerson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 24 10 23/40 5/11 19/24 21 200 8 7 13 4 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Myers 16 2 2 5/10 3/5 3/4 2 31 1 0 1 0 2
J. Minaya 16 5 0 4/12 4/7 4/4 0 37 1 0 2 3 2
M. Kotsar 8 5 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 5 31 2 0 3 2 3
C. Silva 6 5 1 1/5 0/0 4/10 4 25 0 0 2 3 2
E. Hinson 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Myers 16 2 2 5/10 3/5 3/4 2 31 1 0 1 0 2
J. Minaya 16 5 0 4/12 4/7 4/4 0 37 1 0 2 3 2
M. Kotsar 8 5 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 5 31 2 0 3 2 3
C. Silva 6 5 1 1/5 0/0 4/10 4 25 0 0 2 3 2
E. Hinson 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Booker 10 3 1 3/7 2/5 2/3 2 21 1 1 1 2 1
H. Gravett 7 2 4 2/6 1/4 2/4 2 25 0 0 3 2 0
J. Cudd 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
F. Haase 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 20 1 0 0 0 1
K. Holden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Corchiani - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Gueye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Schmitt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Beatty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Famouke Doumbia - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 25 13 18/49 10/23 17/27 19 200 6 1 14 12 13