Tennessee holds off South Carolina in 69-57 win

BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer Published:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Skylar McBee scored a career-high 18 points to lead Tennessee to a 69-57 win against South Carolina on Wednesday night.

McBee, who made his second career start, hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and sank all six of his free-throw attempts.

His second trey of the game gave the Volunteers the ultimate lead with 2:01 left before halftime after a first half that featured six ties and six lead changes. The basket launched an 8-0 run to close out the half, and Tennessee held a 35-27 lead at the break.

The Vols led 51-36 with 12:40 left, but South Carolina went on an 8-0 run of its own. The Gamecocks pulled within 58-55 on a 3-point play by Bruce Ellington with 4:07 left, but it was as close as they would get.

Tennessee outshot South Carolina 50 percent to 33.9 percent

Ellington led South Carolina with 12 points.