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February 5, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ? Chris Lofton made six 3-pointers in scoring 26 points, and No. 2 Tennessee beat Florida 104-82 on Tuesday night.
Florida (18-5, 5-3) led by as many as 13 points during the first half and entered the second half with a 48-44 lead. Alex Tyler's layup with 17:59 to go increased the Gators' lead to 52-46.
Tennessee took the lead after Tyler Smith spun around to hit a jumper and Lofton followed with a 3 with 16:02 to go.
Tennessee, which normally sinks only 64.6 percent from the line, took advantage of the Gators' foul trouble, completing 21 of 30 for 70 percent to boost their lead.
The Vols also made 13 from behind the arc, including Lofton's six and another six from JaJuan Smith.
Marreese Speights led Florida with 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Dan Werner added 18 points, Nick Calathes had 15 and Jai Lucas had 10.