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Vols blow another second-half lead

By Steve Megargee

Associated Press

Knoxville, Tenn. — J.J. Frazier lived up to his word and made sure Georgia changed its recent history of road frustration.

Frazier scored 20 of his 29 points after halftime Saturday as Georgia erased a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat Tennessee 76-75 and snap a three-game losing streak.

The comeback enabled Georgia (14-11, 5-7 SEC) to change its frustrating recent track record in road games. Georgia had lost its last four road contests by a total of 16 points, including overtime defeats at No. 17 Florida and No. 15 Kentucky.

“This week I told them I wasn’t going to let us quit,” said Frazier, who also had six assists. “I wasn’t going to let us just lay down. Sometimes you can give everything you have and it’s just not good enough, but I wanted us to continue to give everything we had.”

Tennessee (14-11, 6-6) has led by at least 13 points in the second half of each of its last three losses.

“We should know by now how to maintain a lead and keep it going,” said Tennessee freshman forward Grant Williams, who scored 30 points to match his career high.

After trailing 53-39 with 15 minutes left, Georgia tied it at 58-all on a pair of Frazier free throws with 8:21 remaining.

Frazier either scored or assisted on 22 straight Georgia points during the Bulldogs’ comeback.

Georgia rallied without its leading scorer. Yante Maten, who entered the day averaging 19.7 points to rank third in the conference, scored seven points in 17 minutes before fouling out. He played just four minutes in the second half.