Scottie Wilbekin had 21 points and six assists, and No. 3 Florida stepped up its defense in the second half to outlast Tennessee 67-58 Tuesday night for its 16th consecutive victory.

Michael Frazier II added 11 points to help the Gators (22-2, 11-0 SEC) beat Tennessee in Knoxville for just the second time in their past nine attempts. Frazier and Wilbekin both made key 3-pointers down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

“We didn’t press a lot in the first half,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “The game, I thought for us, just got kind of stagnant. … We wanted the game going up and down the floor, to really get into a racing game, and I thought we pressed predominantly most of the second half. We didn’t turn them over a lot, but it was just disruptive in terms of flow.”

Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (15-9, 6-5), which was seeking a victory against a highly ranked opponent to boost its NCAA Tournament hopes. Jordan McRae had 17 points and Josh Richardson 13.

After shooting 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the first half, the Volunteers made only 28.6 percent (6-of-21) of their shots after halftime.

When the teams last met, Florida routed Tennessee 67-41 in Gainesville on Jan. 25 to hand the Volunteers their most lopsided loss in Cuonzo Martin’s three-year coaching tenure. Tennessee shot 26.8 percent (15-of-56) overall and 1-of-19 from 3-point range in that game.

But the Vols still had reason to feel confident.

Tennessee entered the night having won seven of its past eight meetings with Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols’ ugly performance in Gainesville last month ended a string of three straight Tennessee victories over Florida. And the Vols had a history of beating favored Florida teams.

Twelve previous times in this series, an unranked Tennessee team had faced a Florida team ranked 19th or higher. Tennessee entered the night with a 7-5 record in those games.

Tennessee fired up the crowd by having the players walk through a walkway in the Thompson-Boling Arena stands to get to the floor, allowing fans to greet them on their way. The student section behind one basket waved orange glow sticks as Tennessee’s starting lineup was introduced.

After a basket by Stokes made it 2-0, Florida went on a 10-0 run by scoring seven points off five Tennessee turnovers in the first 4½ minutes.