KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Scooter McFadgon scored 24 points, including two clutch free throws with 14 seconds to go, as Tennessee edged 20th-ranked Florida, 65-63, in a Southeastern Conference matchup.
McFadgon's two free throws were the key points in a wild final minute as Florida's Anthony Roberson was fouled attempting a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds to go and the Gators trailing, 64-61. Roberson missed the first of his three attempts but made his final two.
C.J. Watson was fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and made 1-of-2 with 4.4 seconds remaining. David Lee grabbed the rebound and got the ball to freshman Lee Humphrey, whose desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.
"You can't look at one play in this game," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "Anthony Roberson is a clutch player. He couldn't make all three at the end, though. There were a lot of other things that contributed to the situation."
Brandon Crump had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (11-6, 3-4 SEC East), which snapped a four-game losing streak - all to teams currently ranked - but improved to 10-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"It had been a long couple of weeks and I want to commend our guys for staying positive," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "Back in the dressing room, I told them that I know they are tired of hearing this broken record, me saying we'll get through this."
Roberson and Matt Walsh had 17 points apiece for Florida (13-5, 4-3), which had won six of the seven previous meetings between the teams. The Gators handed the Volunteers the worst loss in the history of the series with a 95-57 thrashing on January 10.
The Volunteers opened the second half with six straight points to push a 32-31 halftime lead to seven. Florida battled back and knotted the game on a 3-pointer by Roberson with 11:57 left and the game was tight thereafter.
Tennessee offset 3-of-14 shooting from 3-point range by holding a 43-24 edge on the boards.
"We did a good job on the boards in this physical contest with the Gators," Peterson said. "Our guys stayed with the game plan."