Tennessee started out the game strong, leading for the majority of the first half, but Kentucky was able to keep the game close with contributions from several players. But foul trouble and problems putting the ball in the basket was the story of the game for the major part of the contest.
The whistle rarely blew on Kentucky's side when the Wildcats drove to the hoop Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Marquis Teague and Kidd-Gilchrist both had calls go against them as they went to the rim. Foul trouble plagued the Cats as Miller, Lamb, Jones and Kidd-Gilchrist had early foul trouble in the first half.
Tennessee had strong play from Jeronne Maymonn as well as freshman Jarnell Stokes. Stokes just joined the Volunteer squad this week and he was able to use his big body and skills to make some plays and provide a spark off the bench.
Cuonzo Martin's team used toughness and grit on defense and timely baskets to lead the Wildcats at halftime, 34-28.
The game seemed to turn just after the ten minute mark in the second half when Kidd-Gilchrist went to the rim on a powerful dunk. That play seemed to ignite the Wildcats.
The Wildcats were in control for the rest of the way, getting their lead up to as much as seven. But Volunteer guard Cameron Tatum got his team to within 2 at 62-60 with 28 seconds left.
Free throws by Kidd-Gilchrist and Darius Miller iced the game as they made three of four attempts to close out the game.
Anthony Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist carried the Wildcats for the majority of the game. Gilchrist had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Davis had 18 point, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Tennessee was led by Cameron Tatum led Tennessee with 16 points and three assists.
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