No. 15 Tennessee Beats No. 24 Kentucky, 61-59

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lamonte Turner scored 16 points off the bench, including the crucial go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and No. 15 Tennessee beat No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday (6).

Lamonte Turner of Tennessee

Lamonte Turner of Tennessee

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lamonte Turner scored 16 points off the bench, including the crucial go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and No. 15 Tennessee beat No. 24 Kentucky 61-59 on Tuesday (6).

Turner shot 6-of-10 from the field and made four 3-pointers, including the clutch bucket in the win.

“I tell coach to put him in all the time because he’s the most clutch guy I’ve been around,” Admiral Schofield said of Turner. “He’s a big-time shooter in my book. He puts the work in.”

Jordan Bowden added 13 points with eight rebounds and two steals, while Schofield finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Volunteers (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference), who shot 42 percent.

Grant Williams chipped in with 10 points and Jordan Bone grabbed six defensive rebounds and two steals for Tennessee, which won six straight to stay 1.5 games behind SEC leader No. 8 Auburn.

“Scoring was hard to come by, and we just stayed with it defensively,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “We stayed in it and were able to get it at the end.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 15 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals and Quade Green chipped in with 15 points and four boards to lead Kentucky, which lost two in a row.

Kevin Knox ended with 10 points and Nick Richards grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Wildcats (17-7, 6-5), who shot 42 percent, but were only 3-for-14 from 3-pointers.

“I made mistakes at the end and cost them (players) the game,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

“I don’t ever like to in those situations, but this is a different team. They’re just too young to know what’s there and if they get in trouble, just call a timeout.”

The victory on Tuesday night saw Tennessee securing its first season sweep of Kentucky since the 1998-99 season.

The Vols defeated the then-No. 17 Wildcats 76-65 in the first meeting this season on Jan. 6.

“The biggest thing is that Tennessee beat Kentucky in Rupp tonight,” Schofield said. “That was our goal coming in here, and we got it done.”

NEXT TIME

Tennessee makes the trip Alabama on Saturday.

Kentucky visits Texas A&M on Saturday.

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