College basketball

Kentucky nips Vols

The Associated PressJanuary 16, 2013 

  • How Top 25 fared 2. Indiana (15-2) lost to Wisconsin, 64-59 12. Creighton (17-1) beat Northern Iowa 79-68. 20. Notre Dame (14-3) lost to St. John’s 67-63.

— Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points and Kentucky avoided back-to-back SEC losses by beating Tennessee 75-65 on Tuesday night.

Nerlens Noel and Ryan Harrow each added 12 points and Alex Poythress 10 while Julius Mays contributed consecutive 3-pointers 1:48 apart late in the game to help the Wildcats (11-5, 2-1).

Jordan McRae’s 23 points led Tennessee (8-7), which lost its fourth straight and is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 15 years.

MISSISSIPPI 89, VANDERBILT 79 (OT)

At Nashville, Marshall Henderson’s desperation heave beat the buzzer to force overtime, and Nick Williams’ jumper put Mississippi (14-2, 3-0) ahead to stay in rallying to beat Vanderbilt (6-9, 0-3) for their sixth straight win.

The Rebels extended the SEC’s longest winning streak by winning in Memorial Gym for the first time since 2001, and they had to do it by rallying from 13 points with 8:39 left.

Henderson flung the ball at the basket from about 35 feet away for the tying bucket.

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