The SEC's best defensive team statistically gave the Vols a fight in Gainesville but no. 3 Tennessee rallied in the second half to beat Florida, 78-67 behind 20 points and nine rebounds from Grant Williams.
Tennessee (14-1, 3-0 SEC) trailed 38-35 at the half, its first halftime deficit of the season.
Florida (9-6, 1-2 SEC) hit nine three-pointers in the first half (40.9% from three in first half) but Tennessee limited the Gators to 3-10 from three-point land in the second half.
After KeVaughn Allen opened the second half with a three, the Vols went on a 15-4 run capped by a ferocious Grant Williams one-handed slam to take a 50-45 lead.
Florida battled back and regained the lead on another Allen three with 8:19 left.
Then, Knoxville native Jordan Bowden took over. The Carter High School grad scored 12 points in a span of one minute 48 seconds and gave Tennessee the lead for good with a fastbreak dunk to make it 65-63.
Admiral Schofield provided the dagger, burying a corner three off an assist from Williams to give the Vols a five-point lead with 45 seconds remaining.
Schofield scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. After scoring 20 points off the bench in each of the first two SEC games, Bowden finished with 17 and two steals.
The Vols are 3-0 to start SEC play for the first time since 2010.
Tennessee will host Arkansas on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN2.