|No. 4 Tennessee celebrates SEC title with 89-56 win over S. Carolina|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 09 March 2008 10:09|
JaJuan Smith fouled out with 17 points and four 3s, receiving a hearty standing ovation from the crowd on his and Lofton's final home games as Volunteers.
The Vols' fans engaged in a delayed celebration of Tennessee's first outright SEC championship since 1967, which the team won last week with a win over Florida.
A new championship banner was unveiled in Thompson-Boling Arena while orange and white streamers dropped from the ceiling and the players cut down the nets.
Tennessee entered halftime with a one-point lead, but used 61.8 percent shooting to take over.
The Vols held a 40-39 lead a minute into the second half when they went on a 9-0 run. Duke Crews scored off a missed free throw by Tyler Smith to give Tennessee a 49-39 lead with 16:34 left.
A four-minute scoring drought by South Carolina allowed Tennessee to add some breathing room in the second half. A jumper by Tyler Smith gave the Vols a 64-43 lead with 9:04 left.