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

UConn.

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.