GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Kentucky 107, Tennessee 79

(AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Freshman TyTy Washington Jr. scored a career-high 28 points, Sahvir Wheeler returned from injury to add 21 points and No. 18 Kentucky shot a season-high 68% percent to blow out No. 22 Tennessee 107-79.

The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rolled the Volunteers on an emotional day that began with news of the death of former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall at 93.

Hall led the program to its fourth national championship in 1978. He was close with current Kentucky coach John Calipari, who paid tribute to his friend and mentor by gripping a rolled-up program and starting in a 1-3-1 defense against their border rivals.

Kentucky then unleashed its most energetic performance this season before its biggest crowd in a while, an effort helped by the return of point guard Wheeler from a neck injury. The Wildcats made their first five shots and 22 of 28 by halftime, with their 78.6% shooting tying a program record set in the first half against Mississippi on Jan. 14, 1981 (11 of 14).

Their accuracy held up for nearly 30 minutes before cooling off slightly and finishing 38 of 56 from the field. Kentucky also went 20 for 21 from the foul line to end a two-game home slide against the Volunteers (11-5, 2-3).

Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points and Kennedy Chandler 17 for Tennessee, which shot 53% but wasn't close for the final 30 minutes.

Kellan Grady added 16 points and Davion Mintz 10 for the Wildcats, who made 11 of 18 from beyond the arc. Wheeler had eight assists, while Oscar Tshiebwe had 12 rebounds and nine points.


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Fulkerson F 20 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 3 0 0
O. Nkamhoua F 17 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 3 0 6
K. Chandler G 29 7-11 1-4 2-4 0-3 3 0 2 3 4 17
J. James G 29 4-8 0-0 3-6 1-4 1 2 0 3 5 11
S. Vescovi G 28 7-10 2-2 4-6 1-3 1 0 2 2 1 20
J. Powell   16 2-5 0-0 2-4 0-1 2 0 0 0 1 6
Z. Zeigler   16 1-4 0-0 0-2 0-1 2 0 0 2 1 2
U. Plavsic   12 2-4 0-1 0-0 2-3 1 0 0 2 2 4
B. Huntley-Hatfield   10 4-5 3-4 0-1 2-3 1 0 0 1 1 11
J. Mashack   10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 1 1 2 0
V. Bailey Jr.   8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Diboundje   4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   199 31-58
(.534)
6-11
(.545)
11-23
(.478)
10-24 17 3 5 20 17 79


Kentucky
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
O. Tshiebwe F 30 4-8 1-2 0-0 3-12 0 0 3 2 2 9
K. Brooks Jr. F 23 3-6 2-2 1-1 0-2 2 0 1 1 0 9
T. Washington Jr. G 36 10-13 6-6 2-4 1-2 5 0 3 2 1 28
S. Wheeler G 28 8-10 4-4 1-2 0-2 8 0 2 3 3 21
K. Grady G 27 5-8 2-2 4-7 0-1 1 1 0 2 1 16
D. Mintz   21 4-5 0-0 2-3 0-1 2 0 0 0 1 10
J. Toppin   14 2-3 3-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 0 1 7
L. Ware   8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 4 2
B. Hopkins   4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 3
D. Collins   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Allen   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Canada   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Z. Payne   1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
K. Watkins   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   198 38-56
(.679)
20-21
(.952)
11-18
(.611)
5-25 19 3 10 12 14 107
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