KNOXVILLE -- Junior Jordan McRae scored 27 points, lifting Tennessee to a 64-58 upset of No. 8 Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. Jarnell Stokes added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the Vols (17-10, 9-6 SEC), who won their sixth straight. Florida (22-5, 12-3 SEC) lost for the seventh time in its last eight trips to Thompson-Boling arena. Mike Rosario led Florida with 16 points and Patric Young added 15 points for the Gators. The Gators couldn't overcome a 35-32 halftime deficit. Florida scored the first five points of the second half, taking a 37-35 lead on a pair of free-throws by Mike Rosario. But Tennessee answered with an 8-0 run, taking a 43-37 lead on a breakaway dunk from senior Kenny Hall. Florida jumped to a quick 9-2 lead, but the Vols answered, cutting Florida's lead to 13-11 on a Josh Richardson jumper. But Florida kept battling inside, doing a good job defensively against Stokes, who picked up his second foul with 6:03 left in the half and Florida up 24-19. With Florida up 29-23 after a tip in from Young, the Vols closed the half strong. McRae hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second cutting Florida's lead to 32-31. Then, off a turnover by Rosario, Skylar McBee drained a 3-pointer to give Tennessee a 34-32 lead. The Vols went into the half up 35-32, outscoring Florida 20-14 in the paint. McRae scored 17 points in the first half for Tennessee, while Young had 11 for the Gators. NOTES: Florida freshman guard Michael Frazier sat out the Tennessee game with a concussion. Frazier did some light running during the pregame shootaround and is questionable for Saturday's game against Alabama. ... Florida junior forward Will Yeguete took part in Florida pregame warmups and will return to practice "in some form" on Thursday. Coach Billy Donovan did not rule out the chance of Yeguete returning for the Alabama game. Yeguete underwent surgery Feb. 8 to remove bone chips in his knee.
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