KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tubby Smith had to sweat out career win No. 300.
Chuck Hayes had 18 points, 16 rebounds and the final basket in overtime as eighth-ranked Kentucky edged Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee, 69-68.
Erik Daniels led Kentucky (12-2, 3-1 SEC East) with 19 points, but it was Hayes who produced the biggest plays. After scoring on a follow shot with 3:49 to go in overtime, the junior forward grabbed three rebounds in the final two minutes.
Hayes, who matched his career high for rebounds, was 7-of-11 from the field and has four double-doubles this season.
"Tennessee was a challenge for us," said Smith, who is 300-111. "They showed a lot of character. I thought we showed a lot of heart. We never could shake them. We had the opportunities to close the game out but we couldn't get the stops defensively."
Scooter McFadgon, the SEC's leading scorer, had a career-high 33 points, but Tennessee (10-4, 2-3) failed to score in the final four minutes of overtime. The 33 points were the most by an SEC player this season and two more than McFadgon's career high, set earlier this season.
Brandon Crump added 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Volunteers, who lost for the first time in 10 games at home this season.
"I was disappointed we had such a good crowd, good support and a lot of noise," but we couldn't pull out the victory," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "On the other hand, I'm proud of the fight we gave."
Kentucky appeared poised to blow out the Volunteers, scoring the first 10 points of the games and holding a 38-22 edge following a 3-pointer by Josh Carrier with 3:04 left in the half.
The Wildcats' halftime lead was 41-28 and Kentucky appeared to be cruising with a 49-39 advantage with 10:45 to go. But McFadgon sank two free throws 37 seconds later to ignite a 14-2 burst.
Major Wingate capped the spurt with a jumper that put the Volunteers ahead 54-51 with 6:54 remaining. Two free throws by C.J. Watson with 22 seconds left gave Tennessee a 64-61 lead but Cliff Hawkins sank a 3-pointer six seconds later to knot the contest.
In overtime, McFadgon hit a jumper but Daniels countered with a 3-pointer. After two more free throws by McFadgon with 4:03 left, Hayes had a tip 13 seconds later to cap the scoring.
Kentucky, which won despite shooting 3-of-24 from 3-point range and committing 23 turnovers, has won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams.