The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their first win vs. a ranked opponent this season, defeating No. 19 Tennessee in Knoxville, 70-55.
Kentucky raced out to a 45-30 halftime lead behind Davion Mintz and Isaiah Jackson’s strong first-half performances.
Mintz poured in 15 first-half points on 5-of-5 shooting from three-point range, while Jackson added 13 points and seven rebounds in the first twenty minutes of action. Mintz finished with 15 points, and Jackson totaled 16.
Sophomore forward Keion Brooks stuffed the stat sheet with a 10 point, 14-rebound double-double off the bench. Meanwhile, senior Olivier Sarr added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Even with the big first half offensively, Kentucky’s defense and free throw shooting was the story in this one. The Wildcats connected on 17-of-20 free throw attempts (12-of-15 in the second half) after knocking down 24-of-25 in a win vs. Vanderbilt earlier this week.
Defensively, Kentucky suffocated any chance Tennessee had of a rally in the second half. Tennessee shot 32 percent for the game and never had an opportunity to make a run.
The win is the third in a row for the Wildcats, matching their longest winning streak of the season (Kentucky started SEC play with three wins).
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