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.
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, 1-8) pulled within 58-55 on a three-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.