Originally created 02/21/99

Vols' second-half rally burns USC



COLUMBIA -- Tennessee shot 58 percent from the field in the second half to blow open a close game and defeat South Carolina, 65-50 Saturday.

The Volunteers (19-7, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) shot 35 percent in the first half and trailed the Gamecocks (7-18, 2-12) at halftime, 25-24. While Tennessee heated up in the second half, South Carolina stayed cool, shooting 36 percent in the half and 34 percent for the game.

Rashard Lee came off the bench to lead Tennessee with 22 points. He was 8-for-10 from the field including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Tony Harris was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers and scored 16 for the Vols and Brandon Wharton added 13. Tennessee was 10-for-20 on 3-pointers.

Herbert Lee Davis hit four 3-pointers to lead South Carolina with 16. BJ McKie added 11 on 4-for-13 shooting. William Gallman had eight rebounds to lead the Gamecocks.

South Carolina outrebounded the Volunteers 33-29.