KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kenny Hall scored a season-high 13 points as Tennessee upset No. 13 Florida 67-56 on Saturday to open the Southeastern Conference season.
The Gators came in averaging 85.4 points this season, best among SEC teams and fifth in the nation. The Volunteers held them to 35.7 percent shooting while hitting 51 percent of their own attempts.
Trae Golden and Jeronne Maymon each scored 12 points for Tennessee.
Josh Richardson hit a 3-pointer 41 seconds after halftime that set the tone for the Vols during the second half. Cameron Tatum stole the ball from Erving Walker on the next possession and dunked to give Tennessee a 38-31 lead.
The Vols (8-7, 1-0) hit 12 of 22 shots in the second half to expand their lead.
Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each hit 13 points to lead Florida (12-4, 0-1).
It's the first signature victory for first-year coach Cuonzo Martin.