Hotshooting Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 92-60

Feb. 25, 2004

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LEXINGTON - Kentucky's five starters each scored double-figures as the ninth-ranked Wildcats defeated Tennessee 92-60 Wednesday at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (20-4, 10-3) clinched at least a share of the SEC Eastern Division title with three games remaining in the regular season.

Kelenna Azubuike led Kentucky with 17 points, closely followed by Antwain Barbour's 16 points, 15 by Cliff Hawkins, 14 by Chuck Hayes and Erik Dainel's 12.

Tennessee (13-11, 5-8) was led by Scooter McFadgon's 18 points. McFadgon, who scored a career-high 33 points against the Wildcats in the season first meeting in January, had 13 in the second half. Stanley Asumnu scored a career-high 13 points and C.J. Watson scored 11.

The Wildcats connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers tonight. In the season's first meeting last month in Knoxville, Kentucky hit just 3-of-24 (.125) as the Wildcats came back to win a 69-68 overtime decision.

Kentucky connected on a sizzling 59 percent from the field, including 7-of-11 from three-point range to open a 44-29 halftime advantage.

The Vols opened the game on a 5-0 run on a three-pointer by C.J. Watson and two free throws by Stanley Asumnu.

Kentucky quickly erased the UT advantage by taking its first lead 9-7 on a jumper by Erik Daniels with 16:11 to go to start an 8-0 run by the Wildcats. UK led 21-9 before the Vols closed the gap to 21-13 on a follow by John Winchester.

Leading 29-20, Kentucky pulled away on a 13-4 run to take a 42-24 advantage at the 2:28 mark on a three-pointer by Bobby Perry.

Tennessee returns home to host Auburn Saturday in a 7 p.m. tipoff at Thompson-Boling Arena.





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