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No. 4 UK Falls Big at No. 7 Tennessee, 71-52

Posted at 4:26 PM, Mar 02, 2019
Kentucky forward PJ Washington (25) shoots over Tennessee forward Yves Pons (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tn. – Tennessee was looking for paybacks from its 86-69 loss in Lexington back on February 16th and they got it, 71-52.

UK got scored the first six. After a free throw, Tyler Herro found Nick Richards for a slam and Ashton Hagans hit a three pointer for a 6-0 UK advantage.

Tennessee would score the next nine. Jordan Bone scoring seven of it with a three pointer and a couple of floaters. The Volunteers would lead 9-6.

Herro gave UK a 14-13 lead with a floater. Then Tennessee picked it up. At that point, Tennessee went on a 15-4 run to take a commanding lead. It included a huge slam from Admiral Schofield and a three pointer from Grant Williams. Tennessee would lead 28-18.

The Vols would maintain the lead as UK turned it over and Grant Williams would find Jordan Bowden for the alley-oop slam. UK would counter with a three as Herro had his blocked into the hands of Hagans who then found Jemarl Baker for the shot beyond the arc.

UK would trail at the half, 37-24 in its lowest scoring output of the season at the half. P.J. Washington led the way with 6 points but four of it came from the free throw line. UK shot just 23% from the field and 63% from the free throw line. The Wildcats also committed 8 turnovers to just 2 for the Volunteers.

The second half started much the same. Tyler Herro hit a jumper but the Volunteers went on a 10-3 run that included a Jordan Bone lay-up, a Grant Williams baseline shot, a Jordan Bowden lay-up and finally a Lamonte Turner steal and lay-up to give the Volunteers a 47-37 lead.

Kentucky would go on a 6 minute plus stretch without scoring a shot. The Wildcats fall 71-52. UK shoots just 32% and commits 17 turnovers. The Wildcats were led by Washington’s 13 with 9 of that coming from the free throw line.

UK drops to 24-5 overall, 13-3 in the SEC. Next up is a trip to Ole Miss on Tuesday at 9:00