Morris drops 22 as Kentucky upsets Tennessee
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – Randolph Morris had 22 points and nine
rebounds as the Kentucky Wildcats hung on to upset the 11th-ranked Tennessee
Volunteers, 80-78, at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and dished out eight assists for the Wildcats
(19-10, 9-6 SEC), who won for the fourth time in their last five games. Joe
Crawford added 11 points.
C.J. Watson, JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton each scored 15 points for the
Volunteers (20-6, 11-4), who lost for the third time in their last four games.
Major Wingate added 10 points.
Rondo appeared to have sealed the deal for Kentucky late in the second half,
knocking down a jumper to push the lead to four, 80-76, with less than two
minutes to play.
However, Dane Bradshaw nailed a jumper that brought the Volunteers back within
two, and Lofton picked off a Kentucky pass to give Tennessee a chance to tie
or take the lead.
Watson, though, missed a trey and then had a jumper blocked as Ravi Moss
collected the rebound for the Wildcats.
Lofton gave Tennessee a chance once again by collecting his second steal in
less than a minute. On their next possession, the Volunteers fed the ball down
low to Smith, who was fouled by Rondo. However, Smith couldn’t convert the
front end of a one-and-one, and Morris collected the rebound.
Kentucky, though, could not ice the game on their next possession, as
Crawford’s three-point attempt fell short, giving Tennessee life once again.
Smith, though, turned the ball over, forcing the Volunteers to send Crawford
to the line.
Crawford then missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a last second three
point attempt bounced off the rim as Kentucky pulled off the upset.
The Wildcats led, 45-38 at halftime.
Lofton broke Tennessee’s single season three-pointer record…Moss finished
with nine points for Kentucky…Bradshaw scored seven points, grabbed five
rebounds and dished out four assists for Tennessee…With the Tennessee loss,
LSU clinches the SEC regular season title.