Another second half collapse by Cats as Vols win, 82-71

Another second half collapse by Cats as Vols win, 82-71
Wildcats dip to 5-12 on the season. (Source: WKYT)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - With 12 minutes to play, Kentucky led Tennessee 58-48. Then the Vols caught fire and triggered another UK meltdown. Tennessee put together a run to shoot into the lead 60-58 and went on to defeat the Wildcats, 82-71.

Kentucky led the Vols at halftime, 42-34 as the Cats played one of their better halves of the season.

But after intermission, Tennessee’s Keon Johnson came alive as he poured in 17 of his career-best 27 in an eventful second half that saw the Vols take control.

Tennessee had to rally because the Wildcats’ Keion Brooks, Jr. went on a spree during a second half burst that helped UK build a lead. Brooks finished with 23 points and 11 boards. He scored on four straight possessions as the Cats went up 56-48. Then on a fastbreak bucket jam by B.J. Boston, UK upped the lead to 10, 58-48.

But then the Vols went on a tear as the visitors strung together not one but a pair of 12-0 runs as the game flipped in their favor.

For the winners, Jaden Springer sparked them with a career-high 23 points as Tennessee improved to 13-4 overall.

“It’s a one- bucket game with five minutes to go then all of a sudden turnover turnover, layup layup, bad shot cause we pass up a shot and all of a sudden it’s six and eight again,” said UK head coach John Calipari. " I was at a loss for words.”

Kentucky now 5-12, will host Arkansas on Tuesday night.

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