LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky hit five of its 11 3-pointers during a 20-2 run as the Wildcats capitalized on the absence of All-America candidate Chris Lofton to pull away from rival Tennessee 76-57 Sunday afternoon.
Without Lofton, the Maysville, Ky., native who leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring, the Volunteers not only couldn't answer the bigger Wildcats' inside game but also got beat from outside.
Kentucky (No. 25 ESPN\USA Today) led 47-46 with 10 minutes left when the Wildcats' shooters started doing their best Lofton impersonation -- hitting long-range buckets with regularity.
Ramel Bradley, who led Kentucky with 21 points, had two 3-pointers in the 20-2 run. Jodie Meeks added two more, and made four of five 3-point attempts for 14 points. Bobby Perry also connected long-range during the run.
By the time the Kentucky shooters cooled off seven minutes later, they'd built a 67-48 lead.
Tennessee's JaJuan Smith led all scorers with 25 points, including five of 11 from 3-point range.