Freshmen Keon Johnson, Jaden Springer lead Vols to comeback win at Kentucky

AP photo by James Crisp / Tennessee's Keon Johnson shoots over Kentucky's B.J. Boston during the first half Saturday night in Lexington, Ky.

Tennessee has discovered a most unlikely home away from home: Rupp Arena.

Behind a Saturday night to remember for the touted freshman tandem of Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer, the No. 11 Volunteers rallied from 10 points down with 12 minutes remaining for a resounding 82-71 Southeastern Conference triumph over reeling Kentucky.

Johnson and Springer combined for a staggering 50 points, including 18 straight for the Vols (13-4, 6-4) in turning a 58-58 tie with the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6) into a 76-66 lead. A Santiago Vescovi 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining ended the scoring run by Tennessee's newcomers, with Vescovi providing the Vols a 79-68 advantage.

Tennessee has now won three of its past four games at Rupp after winning twice in Lexington from 1980 to 2017. The Vols have won six of their past nine against the Wildcats overall, with Tennessee coach Rick Barnes improving to 8-5 against Kentucky counterpart John Calipari.

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