Kyle Wiltjer leads Kentucky past Tennessee for bounce-back win

Kyle Wiltjer - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
Kyle Wiltjer – photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com

 scored 17 points and avoided back-to-back Southeastern Conference losses by beating 75-65 on Tuesday night.   and  each added 12 points and  10 while  contributed consecutive 3-pointers 1:48 apart late in the game to help the Wildcats (11-5,2-1).

Jordan McRae’s 23 points led Tennessee (8-7), which lost its fourth straight and is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 15 years.

The game featured nine ties and 12 lead changes and didn’t blink despite trailing twice by eight in the second half. Trailing 47-39, the Vols went on a 15-6 run for a 54-53 lead with 7:19 remaining.

outscored 11-4 over the next 3 minutes, with Mays dropping back-to-back 3-pointers for a 64-58 lead with 4:20 left. Wiltjer scored the next five points to give the Wildcats a 69-62 lead with 1:37 left.

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