LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Patrick Patterson led a 15-4 second-half surge that put the Kentucky Wildcats on track for a 72-66 upset of the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers Tuesday.
Patterson, who finished with 20 points, scored five and batted away a shot during the key run that put the Wildcats up 54-52 with 9:23 to go. The Vols managed to tie the game 60-60 with 2:19 left, but then missed six straight shots and Kentucky hit all 12 of its free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Tennessee (16-2, 3-1 SEC) got 22 points from Chris Lofton. The Vols lost for the first time in a dozen games.
Kentucky (8-9, 2-2 SEC), which had lost its last two games, has won 11 of its last 12 meetings against the Vols.