Returning to his home state, Golden led the Vols in scoring for the sixth time this season with 16 points.
The Vols played their second overtime game of the season. They also lost in double OT to Memphis (11/22/11) in Maui.
Neither team led by five points the entire game, with each team claiming the advantage. UT last led by five with 5:58 remaining in regulation.
With a team-high 16 points, Trae Golden has led the Vols six times in scoring this season, including four of the last six games.
Jarnell Stokes has scored 20 points in his first two career games at UT, on 9-of-14 shooting (.643).
UT held the Bulldogs to 22-of-63 shooting (34.9 percent), the second-lowest mark by a Vols’ opponent this season.
ATHENS, Ga. – In a game that saw defense rule the day for the first 37 minutes, Georgia’s late offense enabled the Bulldogs to pull off a 57-53 overtime victory over Tennessee on Wednesday night. It was the Bulldogs’ first SEC win of the year as they moved to 10-8 overall, 1-3 in the league. The Vols fell to 8-10 overall and are also 1-3 in the SEC.
Georgia native Trae Golden led the Vols with 16 points while freshman Jarnell Stokes scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his second college game. Jeronne Maymonalso scored in double-figures with 12.
Gerald Robinson led Georgia with 16 points, for the Bulldogs. His lay-in with 1:03 left in overtime put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 54-53. He made a free throw with 26.4 left and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added another foul shot with 12.5 left for the final margin of four.
The Vols had taken a 53-52 lead in overtime on a 3-pointer by Skylar McBeewith 2:10 left. But that would be Tennessee’s final points of the game.
The game was tied at six consecutive scores: 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and finally 50 on a dunk by Donte Williams (11 points) with 2:53 left in overtime. Maymon opened the overtime with a lay-up but Georgia tied it on a pair of free throws by Nemanja Djurisic (11 points) seconds later.
Neither team led by more than five points.
The Vols’ defense was stellar much of the night, holding Georgia to 34.9 from the floor including 2-of-19 from 3-point range for a mark of 10.5 percent.
Golden had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation put his jumper back-rimmed off with six-tenths of a second left on the clock.
The game was tied four times in the final minutes of regulation as the teams traded baskets.
A basket by Robinson tied the game in three of the four instances in the final three minutes.
Robinson tied the game at 46 on a cross-over lay-up with 18.3 seconds left. That came after Golden gave UT the lead on a floater with 47.5 left.
Robinson’s runner with 1:15 left evened the game at 44 after Stokes had given the Vols a 44-42 lead with 1:35 left off a feed from Golden.
Dustin Ware’s lay-up with 1:54 left tied the game at 42 after a Golden jumper in paint with 2:45 left, gave the Vols a 42-40 lead.
Georgia tied the game at 40 as Robinson finished off a fastbreak lay-up with three minutes left
Tennessee went on a 8-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 40-35 with less than six minutes left in the second half. Stokes had seven of the eight points in the spurt. His dunk with expanded the Vols’ lead to 40-35 with 6:00 on the clock. Stokes gave the Vols a 37-35 lead on a spin move reserve lay-up with 7:31 left in the game forcing Georgia’s coach Mark Fox to call timeout. The pretty move came on the heels of a 3-point play with 8:27 left in the second half to tie the game at 35. Stokes made the steal and proceeded to put one home.
Maymon gave the Vols their first lead of the game with 16:20 left in regulation on a jumper, giving UT a 30-29 edge.
Georgia led 27-24 at halftime as both teams struggled from the floor. The margin of the game was never greater than five points. The Vols tied the game at 19 all on a Golden 3-pointer, part of his nine first-half points, with 6:33 left in regulation.
The Vols step out of SEC play for the final time in 2011-12 to host No. 11 UConn, the defending national champions, on Saturday at 4 p.m., at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game airs nationally on CBS and can be heard on the Vol Network.