No. 3 Kentucky 73, No. 12 Tennessee 62
John Wall had 24 points – one short of his career high – and
Eric Bledsoe added 16 as No. 3 Kentucky fought off No. 12 Tennessee
for a 73-62 victory Saturday night.
Down 52-50 midway through the second half after a three-point
play by J.P. Prince, Kentucky (24-1, 9-1) scored the next 10 points
– six of them by Wall – to give John Calipari his first win over
Bruce Pearl in a Southeastern Conference matchup. The two met
annually when Calipari coached at Memphis.
Wall’s career-high 25 points came earlier this season against
Bledsoe, Kentucky’s other freshman backcourt star, clinched the
victory with three clutch shots in a row: a fastbreak layup
followed by two 3-pointers.
Bobby Maze led the Vols (18-6, 6-4) with 15 points. Melvin Goins
had a career-high 14.