KNOXVILLE — Santiago Vescovi scored 14 points to help No. 22 Tennessee overcome a sluggish start to beat South Carolina, 66-46, in a Southeastern Conference game Tuesday night.

The Volunteers (11-4, 2-2), who live by the 3-point shot, missed their first five attempts and didn’t hit their first 3-pointer until 2 minutes were left in the first half.

The score was tied at 22 when Tennessee went on a 12-2 run that spilled over into the second half. Josiah-Jordan James had 11 points and 12 rebounds to aid the Tennessee effort. James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half that gave the Vols a spark.

Zakai Zeigler had 11 points and John Fulkerson added 10. James Reese led the Gamecocks (10-5, 1-2) with 15 points.