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Meeks Sets Single-Game Scoring Record In Beat Down Of Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jodie Meeks scored a school-record 54
points to help Kentucky cruise to a 90-72 win over No. 24 Tennessee
on Tuesday night.
Meeks, who broke Dan Issel's 39-year-old record of 53 points set
at Mississippi, was mobbed by his Kentucky teammates in the middle
of the Thompson-Boling Arena court, where the Wildcats (13-4, 2-0
SEC) handed the Volunteers their third loss in January.
The Southeastern Conference's leading scorer surpassed his
previous high of 46 points, which he set Dec. 20 against
Appalachian State, with 4:50 left as he hit an open 3, one of 10
3-pointers he would make for the night. He set the record on free
throws with 1:31 left.
Down by 6 at the half, Tennessee (10-5, 1-1) cut Kentucky's lead
to 43-41 on a fastbreak basket by Wayne Chism a minute and a half
into the second half.
But the Vols' spotty defense couldn't contain Meeks, who hit a
layup and two 3-pointers to help the Wildcats on a 10-0 run that
gave them a 53-41 lead. Even contested shots sank perfectly through
the nets.
Kentucky began stumbling into foul trouble with 9:34 left, and
Tennessee - which to that point had shot 35 percent from the
free-throw line - sank 11 straight bonus shots to cut the Wildcats'
lead to 71-64 with 6:52 left.
But Meeks, who also went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw
line, scored nine straight points to put the game away. No other
Kentucky player scored in double figures. Patrick Patterson grabbed
12 rebounds.
Tyler Smith led Tennessee with 19 points, Chism had 18 points
and Bobby Maze added 11 points.
With two 3-pointers and a fast break layup by Meeks, Kentucky
used a 12-0 run to grab a 28-20 lead with 7:27 in the first half.
Meeks had 26 points in the first half, including going 5-for-7 from
behind the arc.
Tennessee couldn't capitalize on several easy opportunities
under the basket in the first half, and the Wildcats pushed their
lead up to 39-28 with 2:37 left before halftime.
J.P. Prince stole the ball from Kevin Galloway, drove it to the
basket and kicked it out to Smith, who sank a 3 with 15 seconds to
cut the Wildcats' lead to 41-37 before the break.

KENTUCKY 90, No. 24 TENNESSEE 72
KENTUCKY (13-4)
Stevenson 3-6 0-0 6, Harris 3-3 1-2 7, Patterson 3-8 3-4 9,
Porter 2-4 0-0 5, Meeks 15-22 14-14 54, Miller 3-6 0-0 7, Galloway
1-3 0-0 2, Stewart 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 18-20 90.
TENNESSEE (10-5)
Smith 5-14 7-7 19, Chism 7-13 4-6 18, Maze 5-12 0-0 11, Prince
2-5 0-1 4, Hopson 1-6 2-2 5, Woolridge 0-1 0-0 0, Tatum 2-8 1-4 6,
Tabb 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 3-5 2-6 9. Totals 25-66 16-26 72.
Halftime-Kentucky 41-37. 3-Point Goals-Kentucky 12-19 (Meeks
10-15, Miller 1-2, Porter 1-2), Tennessee 6-23 (Smith 2-5, Williams
1-1, Hopson 1-3, Tatum 1-4, Maze 1-6, Woolridge 0-1, Chism 0-3).
Fouled Out-Stevenson. Rebounds-Kentucky 39 (Patterson 12),
Tennessee 32 (Chism 9). Assists-Kentucky 16 (Porter 6), Tennessee 9
(Hopson, Maze, Prince, Tatum 2). Total Fouls-Kentucky 20, Tennessee
17. A-20,474. 20,474.




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