(WBIR) The Tennessee Volunteers played an impressive first half, but couldn't hold off the Gators in the SEC Tournament.
The nation's number one ranked team beat the Vols 56-49 during the tournament's semifinal game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Coming into Saturday's semifinal game the Vols hadn't trailed at all in their last 5 games. The Gators ended that streak about 90 seconds into the first half.
The Vols would head into the locker room at the half with a 7-point lead, ahead 35-28.
But the Gators would cut the lead fast to start the second half and the Vols would have trouble keeping the first half momentum going.
At one point in the second half, the Vols went nearly 7 minutes without putting any points on the board.
With 4:39 left in the second, Jeronne Maymon, a Sr. Forward got called for his fourth foul and then immediately got called for a technical. The Vols foul woes continued with 1:21 left in the game when Antonio Barton would be called for a flagrant 1.
In the end, the Gators won the back-and-forth battle and kicked the Vols out of the SEC Tournament by a score of 56-49.