Rapid Reaction: Tennessee survives foul trouble to win ugly game vs. Kentucky
This was the game everyone was waiting for — Kentucky vs. Tennessee, part three. The Wildcats and Vols had split the regular-season series, but a trip to the SEC Tournament final was on the line on Saturday in Nashville.
It was a game that was ugly on both sides and had questionable calls by the referees (stop me if you’ve heard that one), but in the end, the Vols were the ones who took care of business and got the 82-78 victory.
Foul trouble was the name of the game, as Kentucky star PJ Washington was limited by fouls in the first half and was going head-to-head with Tennessee big man Grant Williams late in the game with both having four fouls. Tennessee F Kyle Alexander fouled out with 11 minutes left in the game.
However, down the stretch, both teams brought their best to the table. Eventually, Lamonte Turner hit a huge three for Tennessee to give the Vols the lead. It was his first three against the Wildcats this year, as he’d been 0-for-14 against them to that point.
Lamonte Turner is MONEY in the clutch: pic.twitter.com/a62wCz8X1p
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) March 16, 2019
Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone led the way for the Vols (as they have all season). Schofield scored a game-high 21 points, Williams had 20 and Bone had 18 (including four clutch free throws in the game’s final seconds).
Washington had 16 points to lead the Wildcats, but it wasn’t enough at the end of the day. Ashton Hagans had 10 points and 12 assists in a great effort by him.
Now, the Vols advance to take on Auburn in Sunday’s SEC title game, a rematch of a game the Tigers won in Auburn last weekend.