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Bulldogs keep Volunteers at bay

ATHENS -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope logged 25 points and nine rebounds as the Georgia Bulldogs used a second-half spurt to hold off Tennessee 78-68 on Saturday.

Charles Mann added 18 points and eight assists off the bench for Georgia (14-15, 8-8 SEC). The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from 3-point range and 84.6 percent from the foul line.

Jordan McRae led Tennessee (17-11, 9-7) with a career-high 35 points, shooting 10 of 15 from the field, eight of 11 from downtown and making all seven of his free throws.

Kenny Hall scored 10 points off the bench and Jarnell Stokes grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Volunteers, who had their six-game conference winning streak snapped.

After Tennessee scored the first seven points of the game, Georgia tallied 10 straight behind deep balls from Caldwell-Pope and Sherrard Brantley to open a 25-14 lead with 3:04 left in the first half.

A Josh Richardson jumper prefaced a McRae 3-pointer and three-point play as the Volunteers pulled within 25-22 at the break.

A Skylar McBee 3-pointer and two Hall free throws cut the Tennessee deficit to 55-50 with 4:23 left before Caldwell-Pope made a 3 16 seconds later and Kenny Gaines hit from deep with 2:56 to go to boost the Georgia advantage to 62-50. The Volunteers got no closer than seven from there.

Notes: Georgia posted its highest scoring total in a regulation game since Dec. 29. ... Tennessee's winning streak was the second-longest active streak among major conference teams. Georgetown's nine-game stretch is the longest. ... McRae is averaging 29.8 points in his last four games.