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Cats throttle Tennessee, 70-55

UK now 8-13 on season
Kentucky's Keion Brooks Jr. (12) brings the ball up court against Tennessee's Yves Pons (35)...
Kentucky's Keion Brooks Jr. (12) brings the ball up court against Tennessee's Yves Pons (35) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (Randy Sartin/Pool Photo via AP)(Randy Sartin | AP)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 3:04 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKYT) - Despite poor second-half shooting, Kentucky led for nearly the entire 40 minutes to win its third-straight game, taking down Tennessee, 70-55.

Leading by as many as 21 points, the Wildcats got a big effort from forward Isaiah Jackson. The freshman scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Transfer guard Davion Mintz scored 15 points, making 5 of his 7 three-point attempts.

Olivier Sarr chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

After blistering the first-half nets for 61% from the field, the Wildcats led 45-30 at the half. UK shot just 21% in the second half. Kentucky made 40.4% from the field for the game.

UK (8-13, 7-7) outrebounded Tennessee, 43-31.

The last time these two teams played, Tennessee outscored the Cats 34-13 over the final 12 minutes in their 82-71 win in Rupp Arena. In Knoxville, the Vols led 10-8, but never again after that.

The Vols (15-6) had won eight of the last 13 meetings against the Wildcats before Saturday’s matchup.

Kentucky is scheduled to host Texas A&M on Tuesday.

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