Tennessee ahead John Fulkerson (10) dunks in opposition to Kentucky ahead EJ Montgomery (23) within the first half of an NCAA school basketball sport on the Southeastern Convention event Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Picture/Mark Humphrey) The Related Press
By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports activities Author
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamonte’ Turner ended a taking pictures droop by sinking a go-ahead Three-pointer with 30 seconds left as No. eight Tennessee rallied to beat No. Four Kentucky 82-78 in a Southeastern Convention Event semifinal thriller Saturday.
Tennessee (29-Four) trailed by eight with lower than three minutes left earlier than rallying to maneuver a step nearer to its first SEC Event title since 1979. The third-seeded Volunteers face No. 22 Auburn (25-9) in Sunday’s championship sport.
Auburn, the fifth seed on this event, beat Florida 65-62 within the different semifinal. The Tigers are in search of their first SEC Event crown since 1985.
Tennessee went on an 11-2 run to take a 75-74 lead on a Grant Williams Three-pointer from in entrance of the Vols’ bench with 1:31 left. Kentucky (27-6) went again forward with 1:06 left when PJ Washington delivered a putback of his personal miss.
Admiral Schofield missed a Three-pointer on Tennessee’s subsequent possession, however Williams received the rebound and known as timeout with 38.5 seconds left. The Vols labored the ball to Turner, who buried a Three-point try from behind the highest of the important thing.
Turner had been taking pictures eight of 52 from Three-point vary over his final 10 video games earlier than hitting that shot.
Washington missed a shot from proper across the basket after which missed a putback try within the final 15 seconds left. Tennessee’s Jordan Bone received the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws to place Tennessee forward 80-76 with 10.9 seconds left.
Ashton Hagans made a driving layup to chop the result in 80-78 with 4 seconds remaining, however Bone sank two extra free throws with 2.Four seconds left to seal the victory.
Schofield scored 21 factors, Williams had 20 and Bone added 18 for Tennessee. Washington scored 16 factors to guide 5 Kentucky gamers in double figures.
The third Kentucky-Tennessee assembly of the season came about roughly a three-hour drive from every campus, and about two-thirds of the Bridgestone Enviornment crowd seemed to be cheering for Kentucky as “Go Big Blue” chants competed with the sounds of “Rocky Top.” That setting created a a lot nearer sport after the house workforce received simply within the two regular-season matchups.
Tennessee led 36-34 at halftime by taking pictures 7 of 9 from Three-point vary and capitalizing on foul hassle that brought about all-SEC ahead Washington to play simply six first-half minutes for Kentucky.
Kentucky turned it round as Tennessee missed its first eight Three-point makes an attempt within the second half whereas the Wildcats managed the paint.
However in a sport that featured 9 ties and 15 lead adjustments, Tennessee made the final huge shot.
Tennessee: Turner’s enormous Three-pointer is nice information for Tennessee, which wanted him to drag out of his droop earlier than the NCAA Event. The Vols are going to want Kyle Alexander to remain out of foul hassle in the event that they need to make a deep postseason run. Foul hassle has been a significant late-season concern for Alexander, and the 6-foot-9 ahead fouled out of Saturday’s sport with 10:55 remaining. Alexander had simply two factors and three rebounds in 16 minutes. That adopted a 16-point, nine-rebound efficiency in an 83-76 quarterfinal victory over Mississippi State.
Kentucky: The Wildcats found what they’ll count on from ahead Reid Travis amid the pains of an NCAA Event run after seeing the way in which he carried out on back-to-back days. In his first motion since Feb. 19, Travis returned from a sprained proper knee in a reserve function when Kentucky beat Alabama in an SEC quarterfinal Friday. He began Saturday and had 11 factors and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes earlier than fouling out.
Tennessee faces Auburn in Sunday’s championship sport.
Kentucky learns the date, location and opponent for its first NCAA Event sport.
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