Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 69-68 In Overtime

Jan. 20, 2004

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Chuck Hayes scored off his own miss with 3:49 left in overtime to lead ninth-ranked No. 9 Kentucky to a 69-68 victory Tuesday night over Tennessee.

Erik Daniels had 19 points and Hayes added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who nearly had another scare after their 19-game SEC home winning streak was ended Saturday by Georgia.

Tennessee (10-4, 2-3) trailed until it put together two 9-0 runs midway through the second half, the last giving the Volunteers their first lead at 52-51 with 7:37 remaining.

Kentucky got the lead back and was ahead by three points with 3:53 left.

Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon made two free throws to make it 61-60, but neither team could score over the next three minutes.

C.J. Watson broke the drought for Tennessee with 55.3 seconds left on a fast-break layup off a turnover Brandon Crump grabbed from Kentucky's Gerald Fitch.

Watson extended Tennessee's lead to 64-61 with two free throws with 22 seconds to go, but the Vols couldn't hold on for the upset.

Cliff Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds left to tie it at 64. McFadgon missed a shot as time expired.

McFadgon had four points in overtime, but a 3 by Daniels and Hayes' rebound and basket was all Kentucky needed to get its fourth straight win over the Vols.

McFadgon led Tennessee by scoring 19 of his 33 points in the first half, and Crump added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Hawkins had 13 points and six assists for the Wildcats, who overcame 23 turnovers and 30 personal fouls to avoid a second straight loss.

Kentucky lost 65-57 to Georgia at home, and coach Tubby Smith questioned the Wildcats' toughness. But Kentucky showed plenty against, which came in 9-0 at home this season.

The Wildcats outrebounded Tennessee 27-13 in the first half and were ahead 10-0 in the first four minutes of the game and by 13 at halftime.

The Vols got as close as 24-21 in the first half before making their second-half runs.





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