Jan. 14, 2012
(17-1, 3-0 SEC)
(8-9, 1-2 SEC)
Tallied fifth-career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Best scoring game since Austin Peay (12/10/11).
Jeronne Maymon recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
6: Tennessee's 34-28 halftime lead was Kentucky's largest halftime deficit of the season and marked just the fourth time UK has trailed at intermission this season.
9: In his UT debut, Jarnell Stokes scored nine points to lead all bench players from both teams, shooting 4-of-5.
+15: Tennessee's bench outscored Kentucky's by a 15-point margin, besting the Wildcats 24-9.
21,678: Thompson-Boling Arena was sold out for the first time this season with a capacity crowd of 21,678.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Vols gave it their all and freshman Jarnell Stokes impressed in his debut, but it wasn't enough as No. 2 Kentucky outlasted Tennessee, 65-62 before a sell-out of 21,678 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Wildcats withstood the Vols' intensity and used an 8-0 run over 4:50 late in the game to pull off the victory and moved to 17-1 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. Tennessee dropped to 8-9 overall and 1-2 in the league finishing a stretch of three conference games against Top 20 foes in the last eight days. The run started a week ago with a stunning victory over No. 13 Florida in Knoxville.
Cameron Tatum tallied 16 points to lead UT. Jeronne Maymon had his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. In his debut, Stokes played 17 minutes and made a major impact with nine points, making his first four shots along with four rebounds.
Anthony Davis led all scorers with 18, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist netted 17 and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Two Tennessee 3-pointers in the final 37 seconds brought the Vols within two, but Kentucky closed out the game as Darius Miller made two free throws with 19.4 seconds left and Kidd-Gilchrist added one more with 10 seconds left before Tatum dunked one home for the final of 65-62.
Marquis Teague gave the Cats a the lead for good, 55-54, on a free throw with 5:29 left. After Trae Golden missed a 3-pointer, Kidd-Gilchrist responded with his own made 3-pointer, giving Kentucky a 58-54 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. Some sloppy play on both ends kept the score at 58-54 before Doron Lamb converted two free throws with 2:18 left for a six-point UK lead. An Anthony Davis jumper finished the game off with 53 seconds left and a 62-54 lead.
Down by eight on several occasions, Kentucky took its first lead since 28-25 on a pair of free throws by Kidd-Gilchrist with 8:55 left, giving UK a 52-50 advantage. That was short-lived as Kenny Hall dunked one home to tie the game at 52 all. The teams traded baskets by bigmen Hall and Davis tallied making it 54 all with seven minutes left.
Kentucky cut the deficit to just one, 48-47, as Jones converted a 3-point play with 10:55 left in the second half. Hall stemmed the UK run with a lay-in at 9:47. Kidd-Gilchrist also made a 3-point play to tie the game at 50 all with 9:29 left.
After a sluggish start to the second half, a Tatum and Stokes lay-up gave the Vols their largest lead to that points at eight, 42-34, five minutes into the half.
Tennessee led 34-28 at halftime thanks to a huge infusion from Stokes. Maymon topped all scorers in the first half with 10. The Vols kept UK's top scorer Doron Lamb (14.6 ppg entering the game) without a point in the first 20 minutes.The six-point deficit at halftime was the largest for the season for the Wildcats.
The Vols closed the half on a 9-0 run as Stokes finished the spurt with a lay-up with 1:30 left on the clock. Kentucky was held off the board for the final 3:36 after Darius Miller had given UK its largest lead of the half at 28-25. A 3-point play by Maymon tied the game at 28 with 3:09 left before a parade of free throws for the Vols.
Stokes made his Vols debut with 11:18 left in the first half and scored his first college points with a hook shot in the paint with 10:48 left in the first half. He followed that with a face-up 17-foot jumper wth 9:12 left in the first half and then drew a foul on Kentucky's Jones with 8:53 left before checking out at 8:28.
Stokes' debut trended both Worldwide and in the United States on Twitter during the first half of the game. "Jarnell Stokes" and "Size 20" were trending. Size 20, can be attributed to Stokes' massize size 20 foot.
Tennessee busted out to a 16-10 lead in the first six minutes. After a Kidd-Gilchrist jumper 22 seconds into the game, the Vols canned back-to-back 3-pointers by Josh Richardson and Tatum to take a 6-2 lead and set the tone in an electric Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Vols return to action on Wednesday at Georgia in an 8 p.m., tip on the SEC Network. That game can be heard statewide on the Vol Network.