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Monday / January 21.
  • Tennessee edges Kentucky to complete season sweep

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lamonte Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with a dunk off a turnover and No. 15 Tennessee edged No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday night for its sixth consecutive victory.

    The Volunteers ran down the shot clock in the final minute before Turner fired from long range for the go-ahead basket in a tight game featuring 17 lead changes and 13 ties. Kentucky’s attempt to go ahead resulted in a turnover in the lane leading to Schofield’s dunk with 4 seconds left for a 61-58 lead.

    “I knew it was good,” said the sophomore guard, who was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. “I gave up an and-1 and maybe a tip-in rebound, so when I hit it I was kind of like, ‘I had to do something, I was losing the game.’ It was more of an even feel when I hit the shot.”

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the first throw with 1.3 seconds left and intentionally missed the second, but Tennessee came up with the rebound as time ran out. The joyous Vols (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) came away with just their fifth Rupp Arena victory and first since 2006 while handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss.

    “Scoring was hard to come by, and we just stayed with it defensively,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “We stayed in it and were able to get it at the end.”

    Jordan Bowden had 13 points and Schofield 12 for the Vols, who won a game in which both teams shot 42 percent.

    Quade Green and Gilgeous-Alexander each had 15 points for Kentucky (17-7, 6-5), which fell four games back of Auburn (21-2, 9-1) for first place in the SEC.


    Tennessee: For the third time during their winning streak, the Volunteers didn’t have to shoot well to win the game. More impressively, they were efficient and stay poised in a hostile environment where they had lost their last 10 visits — especially Turner, who came off the bench to make 6 of 10 from the field including a clutch basket.

    Kentucky: The Wildcats battled but seemingly couldn’t stop the Volunteers every time they managed to grab a lead. While baskets were critical, rebounds were key and they were edged 32-30 on the glass by Tennessee. Kevin Knox had 10 points.


    Kentucky redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo posted his first scoreless game with the Wildcats, missing all three shots including two from long range.


    The Vols’ sweep of the Wildcats could impress voters enough to move them up. Kentucky’s loss means it must seek redemption at Texas A&M to stay ranked.


    Tennessee visits Alabama on Saturday.

    Kentucky visits Texas A&M on Saturday.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.