12:00 PM ET, February 27, 2010
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- J.P. Prince and his Tennessee teammates watched No. 2 Kentucky erase a 19-point lead and knew they might also be watching a shot at a second major upset slip away.But, the Vols' senior leader wouldn't let that happen. With 90 seconds left, he scored on a broken play and added four clutch free throws down the stretch to lift Tennessee (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) past the surging Wildcats 74-65 on Saturday.
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• After being tied 65-65, Tennessee scored the final nine points to end a three-game losing streak to Kentucky, winning its 11th of its last 12 home games against ranked opponents.
• This is the first time since the 1976-77 season Tennessee has defeated two top-five teams in the same season.
• Out of the 10 Volunteers that played, nine scored, including a game-high 20 points from J.P. Prince.
• Kentucky lost for the second time this season and had its eight-game win streak and a six-game win streak against ranked opponents stopped.
• The Wildcats trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, the largest deficit Kentucky has faced this season.
• Kentucky set season-lows in field-goal shooting at 35 percent and 3-pointers made with two.
• John Wall finished with 19 points and DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 18th double-double (15 points, 14 rebounds) in the loss.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
KNOXVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers slam dunks the basketball for two of his...(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-60 (.350)||28-59 (.475)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-22 (.091)||6-25 (.240)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-27 (.778)||12-17 (.706)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (1/0)||24 (1/0)|
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