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College basketball: Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech

College basketball: Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech

No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status.

Grant Williams scored 22 points as host Tennessee beat cold-shooting Georgia Tech, 66-53, on Tuesday night, one day after the Vols (3-0) moved up a spot in the Top 25 to reach the top five for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Georgia Tech (1-1) shot just 27.6% from the field — its lowest mark since Josh Pastner took over as coach in 2016. The Yellow Jackets had nearly twice as many fouls (30) as baskets (16).

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