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

In preparation for the return of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball, UK Athletics has...
In preparation for the return of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball, UK Athletics has received reduced capacity guidelines from state health officials for the 2020-21 season.(Source: WKYT)
Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 12:02 AM EST
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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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