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South Carolina defeats Vols for first top five road win in 27 years

South Carolina (18-3, 6-2 SEC) defeated No. 5 Tennessee (15-5, 5-2 SEC), 63-59, Tuesday at Food City Center.

The Gamecocks led, 30-26, at halftime.

Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht led all scorers with 31 points. He also recorded seven rebounds. Knecht converted 11-of-24 field goal attempts, 3-of-8 three-point attempts and 6-of-10 free throw attempts.

Santiago Veesovi totaled 10 points and two steals for the Vols, who trailed, 7-0, in the contest and never led after halftime.

Jonas Aidoo and Tobe Awaka finished with six points each for Tennessee. Aidoo totaled five rebounds and two blocks despite being in foul trouble throughout much of the contest. Awaka totaled eight rebounds for the Vols.

Ta’lon Cooper led South Carolina with 18 points, while B.J. Mack added 16.

Story originally appeared on Vols Wire