No. 8 Georgia knocks off No. 3 Tennessee

ATHENS -- Porsha Phillips scored the go-ahead basket off a pass from Ashley Houts with 39 seconds remaining, then added two free throws that clinched No. 8 Georgia's 53-50 upset of third-ranked Tennessee in a rugged Southeastern Conference showdown Thursday night.

Houts led the Lady Bulldogs (18-1, 5-1 SEC) with 12 points and Phillips had 10, but this bruising game was decided at the defensive end. Georgia managed to win even though it missed 16 of its first 19 shots in the second half against the Lady Volunteers (16-2, 4-1).

Tennessee turned the ball over 23 times and couldn't stop the Lady Dogs from stealing it away at the end. Alyssia Brewer converted a three-point play that put the Lady Vols ahead, but Phillips scored the final four points to give Georgia one of its biggest victories in years.

No. 22 Georgia Tech 80, Savannah State 51

ATLANTA -- Brigitte Ardossi scored 12 points and No. 22 Georgia Tech forced Savannah State into 34 turnovers during an 80-51 rout Thursday night.

Deja Fosters added 11 points and Chelsea Regins had 10 for the Yellow Jackets (16-4), who shot just 21.2 percent in the first half before hitting half their shots in the second half.

Georgia Tech made just one of its first 15 shots and needed an 8-0 run at the end of the first half to lead 30-26 at intermission. But the Yellow Jackets outscored Savannah State 24-10 in the first eight minutes of the second half and kept pulling away to hand the Tigers (8-15) their 11th straight loss.

Courtney Long had 15 points and Crissa Jackson scored 14 for Savannah State. Reynetta Phillips, a 6-foot-7 freshman, had four blocks in the first half before getting into foul trouble.