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Vols hold off No. 2 Kentucky

J.P. Prince and his Tennessee teammates watched No. 2 Kentucky erase a 19-point lead and knew they might also be watching a shot at a second major upset slip away.

But, the Vols' senior leader wouldn't let that happen. With 90 seconds left, he scored on a broken play and added four clutch free throws down the stretch to lift No. 19 Tennessee past the surging Wildcats 74-65 on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

"That was a mature win," Prince said. "We had a big lead, let them come back, but didn't panic."

No, in fact the Vols (21-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) seem to be growing accustomed to knocking off the giants of college basketball this year. Last month, they also handed top-ranked Kansas its only loss.

The Wildcats (27-2, 12-2), who had won eight in a row since their only other loss last month to South Carolina, had trailed by 19 early in the second half but managed to tie the game at 65 with just over two minutes left.

"When they tied it up, I'm saying to myself, 'We worked too hard,' " said Tennessee guard Bobby Maze. "We believed in ourselves."

That's when Prince went to work, scoring six of his 20 points in the final 90 seconds. Add in a three-pointer by Scotty Hopson — his only one in six attempts — and the Vols finished with nine straight points to ice it. Hopson had 15.

"When I caught the ball, I just shot; and I knew it was going to go in from there," Hopson said.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said that Kentucky provided plenty of help in the upset. The Wildcats couldn't have been much colder from long range, connecting on just two of 22 attempts, contributing to season-worst 35 percent field-goal shooting.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said, considering that, he was surprised the game was as close as it was.

"You shoot two for 22 and it's 65-65? Wow," he said.

KENTUCKY (27-2): Cousins 4-10 7-9 15, Patterson 4-6 2-4 10, Miller 3-9 0-0 7, Wall 6-16 7-8 19, Bledsoe 3-10 2-2 9, Dodson 0-5 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 2-2 2, Orton 0-1 1-2 1, Liggins 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-60 21-27 6 5.

TENNESSEE (21-7): Chism 4-12 0-0 8, Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Maze 4-7 0-0 9, Prince 6-10 6-9 20, Hopson 6-14 2-3 15, McBee 1-1 0-0 3, Hall 0-1 1-2 1, Goins 3-3 1-1 7, Pearl 0-0 0-0 0, Tatum 3-7 2-2 9. Totals 28-59 12-17 74.

Halftime—Tennessee 40-29. 3-Point Goals—Kentucky 2-22 (Miller 1-5, Bledsoe 1-5, Patterson 0-1, Liggins 0-1, Orton 0-1, Wall 0-4, Dodson 0-5), Tennessee 6-25 (Prince 2-4, McBee 1-1, Maze 1-3, Tatum 1-4, Hopson 1-6, Chism 0-7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Kentucky 40 (Cousins 14), Tennessee 36 (Williams 7). Assists—Kentucky 8 (Wall 6), Tennessee 15 (Maze 5). Total Fouls—Kentucky 18, Tennessee 24. Technicals—Dodson, Tatum. A—21,214.

No. 8 West Virginia 74, Cincinnati 68 — Kevin Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and West Virginia came from 13 points down to beat Cincinnati.

West Virginia (22-6, 11-5 Big East) can earn a bye in the first two rounds of the conference tournament with a win over No. 11 Georgetown on Monday night.

Cincinnati led 46-36 after a pair of baskets by sophomore Yancy Gates two minutes into the second half. But the Bearcats went more than nine minutes without a field goal and West Virginia used a big rebounding advantage to take over in the second half.

Darryl Bryant added 14 points, Devin Ebanks had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Wellington Smith had 10 points for West Virginia. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins beat his former school for the first time in three tries.

Deonta Vaughn scored 15 points, Lance Stephenson had 14 and Gates added 10 for Cincinnati (16-12, 7-9), which saw its NCAA tournament hopes take a hit.

CINCINNATI (16-12): Bishop 2-5 2-2 7, Thomas 2-3 2-2 8, Toyloy 3-7 0-0 6, Vaughn 5-11 2-2 15, Stephenson 4-16 5-7 14, Wright 1-4 2-2 5, Dixon 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Wilks 1-1 0-0 3, Gates 5-9 0-0 10. Totals 23-59 13-15 68.

WEST VIRGINIA (22-6): Ebanks 4-8 4-5 12, Jones 6-8 0-1 15, Smith 3-6 2-2 10, Butler 3-12 1-2 8, Bryant 2-9 9-11 14, Thoroughman 2-3 3-3 7, Mazzulla 0-0 0-0 0, Jennings 1-1 0-0 2, Pepper 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-3 1- 1 3, Flowers 1-2 1-2 3, Kilicli 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 21-27 74.

Halftime—Cincinnati 39-33. 3-Point Goals—Cincinnati 9-21 (Vaughn 3-6, Thomas 2-2, Wilks 1-1, Wright 1-2, Bishop 1-3, Stephenson 1-4, Dixon 0-1, Davis 0-2), West Virginia 7-19 (Jones 3-4, Smit h 2-4, Bryant 1-4, Butler 1-5, Mitchell 0-2). Fouled Out—Thomas. Rebounds—Cincinnati 30 (Stephenson 9), West Virginia 41 (Ebanks 10). Assists—Cincinnati 14 (Vaughn 5), West Virginia 16 (Butler 5 ). Total Fouls—Cincinnati 26, West Virginia 13. A—12,598.

No. 9 Ohio St. 66, Michigan 55 — William Buford scored 24 points and Evan Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State past Michigan.

The victory kept the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-4) in the thick of the Big Ten race heading into the final week. It also gave them a measure of retribution for an earlier loss to the Wolverines (13-15, 6-10).

Dallas Lauderdale matched a career high with 14 points for Ohio State.

DeShawn Sims, Darius Morris and Zack Novak each had 11 points for Michigan, which lost its third in a row.

MICHIGAN (13-15): Novak 3-8 3-5 11, Sims 4-12 3-4 11, Douglass 4-6 0-0 10, Harris 1-8 8-9 10, Morris 4-8 2-2 11, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Vogrich 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas-Perry 0-3 0-0 0, Gibson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-47 16-20 55.

OHIO ST. (23-7): Lauderdale 7-9 0-0 14, Turner 8-11 2-3 18, Lighty 2-4 3-8 7, Diebler 1-7 0-0 3, Buford 9-15 3-4 24, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-46 8-15 66.

Halftime—Michigan 33-32. 3-Point Goals—Michigan 5-17 (Douglass 2-4, Novak 2-4, Morris 1-1, Lucas-Perry 0-1, Sims 0-2, Harris 0-5), Ohio St. 4-10 (Buford 3-3, Diebler 1-7). Fouled Out—None. Re bounds—Michigan 20 (Sims 6), Ohio St. 36 (Turner 11). Assists—Michigan 7 (Harris, Morris 3), Ohio St. 17 (Turner 7). Total Fouls—Michigan 16, Ohio St. 16. A—18,862.

No. 10 New Mexico 83, No. 13 BYU 81 — Dairese Gary scored 23 points and Darington Hobson blocked a last-second shot as New Mexico edged BYU, clinching the top seed in the Mountain West tournament and a share of the regular-season title.

Hobson blocked a shot in the paint by Noah Hartsock with one second left to preserve the lead, and Gary tipped away an inbounds pass as time ran out to give the Lobos (27-3, 13-2) their first win in Provo since 2000.

Michael Loyd scored all of his career-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Cougars (26-4, 11-3). Loyd replaced Jimmer Fredette, the league's leading scorer, who had six points and played only 59 seconds of the final half because of a stomach problem.

NEW MEXICO (27-3): Hardeman 3-6 0-0 6, Hobson 8-18 1-1 20, Gary 7-12 8-14 23, McDonald 3-7 0-0 9, Martinez 6-12 0-1 15, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Garth 1-3 0-2 2, Fenton 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 4-6 0-2 8. Totals 32-64 9-20 83.

BYU (26-4): Emery 3-9 3-4 11, Haws 5-13 5-5 18, Fredette 3-7 0-0 6, Hartsock 4-8 0-0 8, Miles 1-5 2-3 4, Davies 2-4 3-6 7, Abouo 0-0 0-0 0, Loyd Jr. 8-9 2-2 19, Tavernari 4-10 0-1 8. Totals 30-65 15-21 8 1.

Halftime—New Mexico 43-35. 3-Point Goals—New Mexico 10-23 (McDonald 3-6, Hobson 3-7, Martinez 3-8, Gary 1-2), BYU 6-21 (Haws 3-8, Emery 2-5, Loyd Jr. 1-2, Fredette 0-2, Tavernari 0-4). Fouled Out—Hardeman. Rebounds—New Mexico 43 (Hobson 14), BYU 32 (Emery 7). Assists—New Mexico 17 (Gary 6), BYU 14 (Hartsock 3). Total Fouls—New Mexico 18, BYU 18. A—22,644.

Notre Dame 78, No. 11 Georgetown 64 — Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points, Tim Abromaitis had 19 and Notre Dame has thrust itself back into the NCAA tournament picture with a win over Georgetown, its second str aight win over a Top 25 team.

The Fighting Irish (19-10, 8-8) have looked like a Big East contender the last two games without leading scorer Luke Harangody. Harangody missed his fourth straight game with a bone bruise on his right knee.

The Irish knocked off No. 12 Pittsburgh by 15 on Wednesday and controlled this one from the tip against the Hoyas (19-8, 9-7) to win its first road game over a ranked team in more than two year s.

NOTRE DAME (19-10): Nash 2-3 4-5 8, Jackson 3-7 2-4 9, Abromaitis 7-19 4-4 19, Hansbrough 7-10 4-5 21, Scott 7-8 0-0 17, Peoples 0-0 0-0 0, Cooley 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 28-49 14-18 78.

GEORGETOWN (19-8): Thompson 5-7 0-1 12, Wright 4-12 0-1 10, Monroe 4-7 7-8 15, Clark 4-7 0-0 12, Vaughn 4-6 0-0 8, Sanford 0-0 2-2 2, Freeman 2-5 1-2 5, Benimon 0-1 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-45 10-14 64.

Halftime—Notre Dame 31-27. 3-Point Goals—Notre Dame 8-22 (Scott 3-4, Hansbrough 3-5, Jackson 1-4, Abromaitis 1-9), Georgetown 8-18 (Clark 4-7, Wright 2-4, Thompson 2-4, Benimon 0-1, Freeman 0 -2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Notre Dame 29 (Scott 9), Georgetown 20 (Clark 5). Assists—Notre Dame 16 (Hansbrough 4), Georgetown 15 (Wright 6). Total Fouls—Notre Dame 13, Georgetown 14. A—15,99 2.

No. 12 Pittsburgh 71, St. John's 64 — Nasir Robinson scored 13 points, including Pittsburgh's first nine of the second half, and the Panthers beat St. John's for their fifth win in six games.

Coming off a 68-53 loss at Notre Dame that ended a four-game winning streak, Pittsburgh (22-7, 11-5) remained in the running for a double-bye in the Big East tournament.

The Panthers entered the game tied for third place with West Virginia. The top four teams in the final standings begin play in the tournament quarterfinals.

PITTSBURGH (22-7): Robinson 5-7 3-3 13, McGhee 2-4 2-3 6, Wanamaker 3-7 2-2 8, Dixon 2-3 0-0 4, Gibbs 2-7 7-8 12, Woodall 2-6 1-2 6, Adams 1-2 0-0 3, Brown 4-6 3-5 13, Taylor 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 24-47 18-23 71.

ST. JOHN'S (15-13): Mason Jr. 2-6 2-2 6, Evans 1-6 0-0 2, Kennedy 4-11 3-5 12, Boothe 3-3 3-7 9, Horne 5-8 0-1 11, Hardy 4-13 7-8 15, Coker 0-1 0-0 0, Burrell 2-7 5-6 9, Stith 0-0 0-0 0, Brownlee 0-1 0-0 0. Tota ls 21-56 20-29 64.

Halftime—Pittsburgh 31-23. 3-Point Goals—Pittsburgh 5-15 (Brown 2-3, Adams 1-2, Gibbs 1-4, Woodall 1-4, Dixon 0-1, Wanamaker 0-1), St. John's 2-15 (Horne 1-3, Kennedy 1-3, Burrell 0-1, Brownl ee 0-1, Mason Jr. 0-2, Hardy 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Pittsburgh 32 (Robinson 9), St. John's 37 (Burrell 8). Assists—Pittsburgh 14 (Wanamaker, Woodall 4), St. John's 5 (Boothe 2). Total F ouls—Pittsburgh 21, St. John's 21. A—6,892.

No. 16 Vanderbilt 89, Arkansas 72 — Jeffery Taylor scored 18 points and A.J. Ogilvy added 14 to lead Vanderbilt over Arkansas.

Vanderbilt (22-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) moved within one game of first-place Kentucky in the SEC Eastern Division. No. 2 Kentucky was upset by No. 19 Tennessee on Saturday.

Five players scored in double figures for the Commodores, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. John Jenkins and Brad Tinsley each scored 13 points, while Darshawn McClellan had 11 for Vandy, w hich led 45-5 at the half.

Marshawn Powell led Arkansas (14-15, 7-7) with 27 points.

VANDERBILT (22-6): Walker 3-3 0-0 6, Taylor 6-10 6-6 18, Ogilvy 5-7 4-5 14, Beal 3-11 0-0 6, Jenkins 5-8 0-0 13, Tinsley 2-4 8-8 13, Ezeli 1-1 0-0 2, Goulbourne 0-2 0-0 0, Meriwether 0-1 0-0 0, Smart 0-2 0-0 0 , Noll 0-0 2-2 2, McClellan 5-7 0-0 11, Tchiengang 2-4 0-2 4, Duffy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-60 20-23 89.

ARKANSAS (14-15): Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Powell 12-21 2-5 27, Fortson 3-15 1-2 8, Britt 1-6 0-0 2, Clarke 5-14 0-0 14, Washington 3-8 5-9 11, Farmer 1-4 1-2 3, Bryant 0-0 0-0 0, Welsh 2-4 0-2 4, Nobles 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 28-74 9-20 72.

Halftime—Vanderbilt 45-35. 3-Point Goals—Vanderbilt 5-16 (Jenkins 3-5, McClellan 1-2, Tinsley 1-2, Meriwether 0-1, Goulbourne 0-1, Tchiengang 0-1, Beal 0-2, Smart 0-2), Arkansas 7-23 (Clarke 4-12, Nobles 1-2, Powell 1-2, Fortson 1-4, Farmer 0-1, Britt 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Vanderbilt 39 (Ogilvy, Tinsley 6), Arkansas 39 (Washington 13). Assists—Vanderbilt 16 (Beal, Tinsley 4), Arkansas 17 (Fortson 8). Total Fouls—Vanderbilt 19, Arkansas 22. Technicals—Ogilvy, Powell. A—14,146.

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