LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - "Billyball" may have finally arrived at
Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as
the Wildcats knocked off No. 3 Tennessee 72-66 on Tuesday night.
Perry Stevenson added 14 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky
(8-9, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) which held the Volunteers (16-2,
3-1) to just three field goals over the final 10 minutes to snap
their 11-game winning streak.
Playing with the kind of sustained effort first-year coach Billy
Gillispie has been preaching would come once his team was healthy,
Kentucky shut down the SEC's highest-scoring offense with a gritty
defensive performance that was the trademark of the teams Gillispie
coached at Texas A&M.
Tennessee star Chris Lofton led the Volunteers with 22 points,
knocking down five 3-pointers to set the SEC record for career 3s
with 367, breaking the mark held by former Arkansas guard Pat
Wayne Chism added 12 points and six rebounds and Ramar Smith had
10 points for the Volunteers, but Tennessee lost its composure
after building a 10-point lead early in the second half.
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