COL BKB: Tennessee 63, Kentucky 60

March 2, 2008 at 4:04 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 2 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Tennessee used defense Sunday to force three critical turnovers late and hold off Kentucky 63-60 on Senior Day in Knoxville.

The Vols looked like they were in for a cakewalk when Kentucky missed six of it first seven shots in the first half.

UK righted itself and came within 34-27 at the break and led 44-43 when Perry Stevenson sank two free throws with 12:24 left in the contest.

Tennessee was led by Tyler Smith's 15 points. Chris Lofton scored 14 and JaJuan Smith and Wayne Chism each added nine points for the Volunteers (26-3, 12-2), who bounced back from a 72-69 loss to Vanderbilt to win their 31st straight home game.

Kentucky got a game-high 17 points from Ramel Bradley. Stevenson scored 13 and Derrick Jasper scored nine points with eight assists for the injury-depleted Wildcats (16-11, 10-4), whose four-game winning streak ended in their first contest without star freshman forward Patrick Patterson (foot injury).

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