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, in his second career start, hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and sank all six of his free throws.
His second trey of the game gave the Volunteers (12-12, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) the ultimate lead with 2:01 left in 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 led 35-27 at the break.
Tennessee, which went 10 of 20 from behind the arc, hit seven straight 3-point attempts stretching from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second and took only 38 shots total. The Vols had entered the game limiting opponents to 60.6 points, the second-best scoring defense in the SEC.
Tennessee's defense broke down midway through the second half. The Vols led 51-36 with 12:40 left, but South Carolina went on an 8-0 run of its own.
The Gamecocks (9-14, ...