Tennessee was blitzkrieg’d by Florida’s high-octane offense in the second half Saturday, seeing a one-point halftime lead turn into a 83-70 loss on the road.
The Vols (8-7, 1-2 SEC) had no answer for the Gators in the second half, as Florida (12-3, 3-0 SEC) shot 67.8 percent from the field — including 7-of-8 from 3-point range.
“We just broke down in the second half,” Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes said.
“We just didn’t defend well enough. All you’ve got to do is look. They shot 70 percent.”
What Barnes said after the Vols second-straight conference loss
* Barnes said Florida showed their “maturity” in the second half. Proved to be the difference.
* Tennessee’s coach lamented the team’s 19 turnovers. “You’re not going to win games on the road turning the ball over 19 times.”
* “We’ll learn from it.”
* Noting the quiet nights by Robert Hubbs III (8 points on 4-for-11 shooting) and Grant Williams (6 points, 1 rebound and 5 fouls), Barnes said, “We had too many guys today that we need to count on that didn’t give us what we needed.”
* On Admiral Schofield’s season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds: “I thought he played his best game as a Tennessee Volunteer. … He played hard. We was terrific.”
* “The second half they took care of the ball and we didn’t.”
* On defensive woes after halftime: “We were a step late on everything. We didn’t tag like we needed too. We just weren’t as good. In the first half, I thought both teams punched and punched back. They threw the final punch and we didn’t have an answer.”
* Circling back to 19 turnovers, “It’s hard for me to talk about anything else.”
* “They have depth. We did. Our depth wasn’t very good today.”
* “It’s early in the SEC. … (Florida) is a much different team than they were a year ago. You can tell it in the chemistry.”
* “I just didn’t think Grant was very good. He got one rebound. That’s a problem. … Three games in the SEC, he’s going to realize it gets tougher. It’s not going to get easier.”
* “It’s the turnovers … It’s just ridiculous.”
* “Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. Nobody is going to care if we’re young or being close. We’re going to have to do it ourselves. … We’ll learn from it. I like our team a lot.”
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