Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points off the bench to help lead the Kentucky Wildcats to a 75-65 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena. Nerlens Noel scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Ryan Harrow scored 12 as well as Kentucky improved to 11-5 on the season and 2-1 in the SEC. The game was tied at 56 with 6:27 remaining, but a Ryan Harrow layup and Julius Mays hit back to back three pointers to break the game open.
Jordan McRae led Tennessee with 23 points but he was the only Volunteer to hit double digits. Derek Reese was the next highest scorer as the Vols fell to 8-7 and 0-3 in the SEC. Tennessee was on fire in the first half, shooting 56% to Kentucky’s 38.7% but could cash in that advantage on the scoreboard. Archie Goodwin scored Kentucky’s last six points of the first half as the Wildcats had a 34-31 halftime lead. Tennessee went cold after tying the game at 56 and had just two FG’s the rest of the way as Kentucky closed the game on a 19-9 run.