No. 18 Kentucky ruins Pearl’s return
Top 25: San Diego State's Leonard adds 17th double-double
The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeAndre Liggins tied a career-high with 19 points and No. 18 Kentucky ruined Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl's return to the bench with a 73-61 victory on Tuesday night.
Josh Harrellson added 16 points as the Wildcats (17-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) broke a modest two-game losing streak by burying the Volunteers with a big run in each half.
Pearl, suspended for Tennessee's first eight conference games by SEC commissioner Mike Slive as punishment for lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing probe into the school's recruiting practices, wore his trademark creamsicle blazer but was more subdued than usual.
Melvin Goins led Tennessee (15-9, 5-4) with 16 points and Scotty Hopson had 11 after missing two games with a left ankle injury but the Volunteers never got going.
No. 6 San Diego State 85, Utah 53 -- Box Score
SAN DIEGO -- D.J. Gay scored 15 points and keyed a 21-3 run in the first half that carried No. 6 San Diego State past Utah.
Billy White scored 15 points while sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season and 34th of his career. The Aztecs (24-1, 9-1 Mountain West) won their fourth consecutive game since their only loss, 71-58 at BYU on Jan. 26. Freshman reserve guard Jamaal Franklin scored a career-best l3 and Brian Carlwell added 10.
Will Clyburn, the second-leading scorer in the conference at 18.3 points per game, had 18 for Utah (10-14, 3-7).
Gay, a senior guard, played in his 128th consecutive game, the most in school history. He came up big in the 21-3 run, which spanned 4 minutes and helped SDSU go from a 7-6 lead to a 28-9 advantage with 11:32 left before halftime.