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News Sentinel, Saul Young, Associated Press
UNC Asheville's Jeremy Atkinson defends Tennessee's Josh Richardson during an NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Renaldo Woolridge and Cameron Tatum scored 17 points each as Tennessee overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat UNC Asheville 72-68 on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs were ahead 51-42 with 14:34 to play when they went cold from the floor. Asheville scored on free throws but no field goals over the next 9:08.

The Volunteers came alive during the stretch, and Tatum sandwiched a pair of 3s around a long-range bucket by Skylar McBee. The third 3-pointer put Tennessee ahead 56-55 with 7:44 to play, its first lead since the game's opening basket. Another 3 by Tatum with 5:07 to play put the Volunteers ahead for good, and Tennessee hit seven free throws down the stretch to hang on.

J.P. Primm led UNC Asheville (6-5) with 25 points.

Jeronne Maymon had 13 rebounds and 10 points for Tennessee (4-6), which ended a four-game losing streak.