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Kentucky coach John Calipari was not in a temper to mince words just after the host Wildcats were on the erroneous end of a 17-issue, second-half collapse in a 81-73 reduction to Tennessee on Tuesday.
“We got manhandled. I bought manhandled,” Calipari said. “This is just one that I know I gotta observe the tape.”
The Wildcats (24-six, 14-3 Southeastern Convention) appeared in management even though primary 51-34 early in the second half. Then the Volunteers (17-13, nine-eight) outscored Kentucky 29-nine above 10: 09 to arise with a substantial victory that snapped the Wildcats’ hot streak — together with 10 best a long time of winning after keeping a double-digit halftime guide.
“The sport received actual physical, and we couldn’t contend,” Calipari reported. “It just acquired actual physical. We tried using unique ways to rating, and we just had nothing at all. We couldn’t throw it to the post we tried using to open up up the court docket and couldn’t get by folks.
“But give credit rating to Tennessee they could’ve absent absent down 17, but that is [Volunteers coach] Rick Barnes.”
The Wildcats had been 129- more than the earlier 10 decades when primary by double digits at halftime, according to ESPN Stats & Facts investigate. Thinking of how Tennessee methodically transformed that deficit into a guide in excess of the closing 20 minutes, the Volunteers didn’t treatment.
“We just saved combating,” stated Tennessee ahead John Fulkerson, who mingled with joyful Volunteers supporters long soon after the last horn. “I kept striving to glimpse at the rating at the major of the [scoreboard] and couldn’t find it, which I guess was a good point.
“But it was these a group work, all people played very well. Guys from the bench came in and contributed. This was no shock to me. I knew we were able of this. I understood that if everybody arrives to engage in, we can get the task done.”
The Volunteers outscored the Wildcats 29-nine to guide 63-60. Kentucky tied it at 63, but Yves Pons answered with a three-pointer and Fulkerson extra two no cost throws to set Tennessee in advance.
Pons then additional consecutive jumpers to make it 72-66 with 1: 48 remaining. Nick Richards‘ two totally free throws minimize the guide to four, but Tennessee’s Josiah-Jordan James place back his missed jumper to make it a 6-point activity once more with 1: 05 remaining.
James then built 3 cost-free throws, and Santiago Vescovi and Jordan Bowden (11 points) each individual added two additional in the final minute to seal Tennessee’s second consecutive victory and just its sixth triumph at Rupp Arena. Two of individuals wins at Kentucky have arrive around the earlier a few seasons, and the Vols have beaten Wildcats 6 of 9 moments general.
Pons finished with 15 factors. James tallied 16 points, all soon after halftime.
In the meantime, Fulkerson manufactured his to start with seven attempts to end 10-of-15 from the field and knocked down all 7 of his free throws for 27 points, topping his earlier ideal of 25 versus South Carolina on Feb. 15.
“He was great,” Barnes mentioned of the junior ahead. “What he did tonight is one particular of the greatest performances I have witnessed.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.