Lamonte Turner hit the corner 3-point shot late against Purdue in the Bahamas in late November, forcing overtime in what ultimately became Tennessee's first head-turning win of the season.

He did it again last month at Rupp Arena in Lexington, a trey from the top of the key with just under 30 seconds left, putting the Vols up one in what became a marquee win to complete a season sweep of rival Kentucky.

There he was again Saturday inside a soldout and at times deafening Thompson-Boling Arena, hitting one huge three after another, keeping his team in a game when visiting Georgia just wouldn't go away.

On a game-ending 9-0 run that started with a Turner three, No. 16 Tennessee rallied late to beat visiting Georgia 66-61 and clinch a share of the SEC regular-season championship.

Trailing 61-57, Turner hit a three to make it 61-60 with 2:31 left. Jordan Bowden hit the go-ahead free throws with 61 seconds left, then Admiral Schofield put Georgia away on a midrange jumper with 17 seconds left.

Schofield led Tennessee (23-7, 13-5 SEC) with 21 points and Grant Williams scored 22 before fouling out late in the game. Georgia (16-14, 7-11), which led for over 31 minutes in the game, got 18 from senior forward Yante Maten.

Turner scored his only nine points of the game in the second half, going 3-for-3 from the 3-point line. 

With No. 14 Auburn's 79-70 win over South Carolina earlier Saturday afternoon at Auburn Arena, the Vols are locked into the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament, opening bracket play Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Tennessee, after sharing the regular-season title with Auburn, will face the winner of Thursday's game between the tournament's No. 7 and No. 10 seeds.

A Maten three from the top of the key put Georgia up 61-57 with 3:10 to play, but it was all Tennessee from there.

Tennessee, trailing by nine early in the second half, was back within a point after Schofield corralled a loose ball and finished with a hard one-hand dunk with 13:44 left, brining the capacity crowd to a roar.

The Bulldogs had seen their 45-36 lead evaporate after a scoreless stretch of 6:55, missing seven straight attempts.

Tennessee tied the game on a Lamonte Turner 3-pointer with 10:22 to go, but a two-hand Nicolas Claxton dunk on the other end gave the lead back to Georgia.

It was a 42-34 Georgia lead at halftime, after Maten had 12 points and five rebounds and the Bulldogs connected on 7 of 12 3-point tries over the first 20 minutes.

Williams and Schofield had 12 each in the first half.

Schofield bounced in his first 3-pointer of the afternoon to give Tennessee an early 5-0 lead, but Georgia scored the next nine and went on to control the rest of the half by hitting one big shot after the other.

Turtle Jackson had 10 points before the break, making 2 of 4 3-point shots. Rayshaun Hammonds went 2-for-2 from deep and Tyree Crump was 2-for-3, helping the Bulldogs lead by as many as 11 in the first half.

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