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