KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kevin Punter Jr. scored 27 points and Armani Moore added 18 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday night as Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit in an 84-77 upset of No. 20 Kentucky.
Tennessee's comeback represented a stunning turn of events for a team that had lost its past two games despite leading by at least 14 points in the second half of each.
The Volunteers (11-11, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 34-13 with less than six minutes left in the first half.
This marked the second consecutive defeat for Kentucky (16-6, 6-3).
The Wildcats fell 90-84 in overtime Saturday at No. 7 Kansas, ranked fourth at the time.
The score was tied 70-all until Robert Hubbs III made a free throw with 5:04 left to start a 7-0 run that put Tennessee ahead for good. Kentucky couldn't cut the margin below three points the rest of the way.
Jamal Murray scored 21 points and Tyler Ulis had 20 for Kentucky. Alex Poythress had 12 of his 14 points in the first half.
Detrick Mostella had 13 points and Admiral Schofield added 11 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee.
Kentucky seemed on the verge of putting this game out of reach early.
The Wildcats made seven consecutive shots as they built their 34-13 lead over a Tennessee team that looked overmatched. Tennessee used a 10-0 run to get within striking distance and cut Kentucky's lead to 42-36 by halftime.
Tennessee continued its rally when the teams got back on the court. Moore stripped the ball from Poythress and passed to Devon Baulkman for a dunk that opened the second-half scoring.
Kentucky regained the lead when Ulis and Derek Willis hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions, but Tennessee retook it at 65-63 on Hubbs' basket with 9:41 left.