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Down 21, Vols hand UK second straight loss

Tennessee’s Armani Moore grabs a rebound from Derek Willis, left, and Jamal Murray during the first half, when at one point Kentucky led 34-13.

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Tennessee’s Armani Moore grabs a rebound from Derek Willis, left, and Jamal Murray during the first half, when at one point Kentucky led 34-13.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Punter Jr. scored 27 and Armani Moore added 18 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday night as Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit to upset No. 20 Kentucky 84-77.

Tennessee had lost its previous two games despite leading by at least 14 in the second half of each. On Tuesday, the Volunteers trailed 34-13 with less than six minutes left in the first half.

Kentucky (16-6, 6-3 SEC), which next hosts Florida at 4 p.m. Saturday, has lost two straight.

"We kind of joked around about it, we actually said we liked it better being down instead of being up at the half," Moore said. "It kind of makes us a whole lot hungrier."

The score was tied at 70 when Robert Hubbs' free throw with 5:04 left started a 7-0 run for Tennessee, and Kentucky got no closer than three from there.

"We had them down by 21 — and they came back and beat our brains in," Wildcats coach John Calipari said. "They ended up beating us by 30 in about 25 minutes — and it could have been 50. We've got a ways to go."

No. 1 Oklahoma 95, TCU 72: Buddy Hield scored 17 as the host Sooners (19-2, 7-2 Big 12), won their fourth straight. Hield was held below his 26.0 average but shot an efficient 7-for-13 with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant in attendance. "Was he going to suit up and play for us?" TCU coach Trent Johnson said with dry humor. "I don't know if he could have helped us tonight.''

NO. 14 WEST VA. 81, NO. 13 IOWA ST. 76: The Mountaineers (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) rallied from 15 down against the Cyclones (16-6, 5-4) and improved to 2-18 on the road against ranked opponents over the past five seasons.

NO. 22 INDIANA 80, MICHIGAN 67: Yogi Ferrell scored 17 for the visiting Hoosiers (19-4, 9-1 Big Ten), who ended the first half with 25 straight points..

Georgia 69, No. 25 S. Carolina 56: Yante Maten scored 18, Kenny Gaines had 17, and the host Bulldogs never trailed in the second half. The Gamecocks (19-3, 6-3 SEC) were trying to reach 20 wins for the first time since 2008-09, when they finished 21-10.

LSU 80, Auburn 68: Ben Simmons had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the visiting Tigers.

COACH K SITS OUT DUKE WIN: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski missed Tuesday's 80-71 victory at Georgia Tech because he was ill after the team meal Monday night. Doctors told him to stay home; associate head coach Jeff Capel took over. Krzyzewski is expected back Saturday against N.C. State. Grayson Allen scored 27 for the Blue Devils.

Women

No. 5 Maryland 87, Purdue 67: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high 41, one short of the school record and matching the most ever given up by the Boilermakers, to lead the visiting Terrapins (20-2, 9-1 Big Ten). Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen scored 41 against Purdue on Feb. 14, 2002.

Tonight

FLORIDA VS. ARKANSAS

7, O'Connell Center, Gainesville Records: UF 14-7, 5-3 SEC; Arkansas 11-10, 4-4

TV: SEC; Radio: 620-AM

WOMEN: no. 19 usf vs. cincinnati

7, Sun Dome, Tampa

Records: USF 15-5, 8-2 AAC; Cincinnati 7-13, 3-6

Radio: 820-AM

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