Kentucky pulls off win over No. 5 Tennessee

Published: Jan. 14, 2023 at 2:26 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Cats got back in the win column with a 63-56 statement over the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers.

Kentucky led 33-26 at the halftime break, ending the first period on a 6-0 run.

Kentucky-Tennessee Split Box
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The win ends a two-game losing streak and gives the Cats their first SEC road win over Tennessee.

The Cats got off to a rough start, falling behind 8-0 early, but then scoring the next 10 points to lead for the first time.

Later in the first half, Kentucky would trail 23-21, but the Cats fought back again, closing the half on a 12-3 run to lead 33-26 at the break.

Tennessee would make a run in the second half, scoring five in a row midway through the second to take a 43-41 lead.

Antonio Reeves hit a three, then another jumper, giving UK a 46-43 lead with 7:54 to play.

Tennessee would continue to chip away at the UK lead, eventually getting within two points inside the final minute. Kentucky continued to fight on defense, keeping the Vols off the board and winning 63-56 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Kentucky (11-6, 2-3 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak behind 18 points from Reeves, along with 15 points and 13 rebounds from Oscar Tshiebwe. CJ Fredrick added 13 for the Cats.