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Richardson, Tennessee outlast Kansas State 65-64 in SEC/Big 12 Challenge finale

  • Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) smiles after Tennessee beat Kansas State 65-64 in an NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)

    Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) smiles after Tennessee beat Kansas State 65-64 in an NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall gestures to forward Tariq Owens (11) during their NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  Tennessee won 65-64.  (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)

    Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall gestures to forward Tariq Owens (11) during their NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Tennessee won 65-64. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas (1) blocks a shot by Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) during an NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  Tennessee won 65-64.  (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)

    Kansas State guard Jevon Thomas (1) blocks a shot by Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) during an NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Tennessee won 65-64. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Kevin Martin)  (The Associated Press)

Josh Richardson scored 17 points Saturday as Tennessee withstood a late 3-point onslaught from Marcus Foster in a 65-64 victory over Kansas State.

Tennessee (3-3) had a 10-point lead with less than 2 minutes remaining before Kansas State made five 3-pointers in the last 1 minute, 35 seconds. Foster sank four 3-pointers in the final minute and finished with 23 points.

The Volunteers held Kansas State (4-4) without a basket for a stretch of nearly 11 1/2 minutes during the first half and forced 22 turnovers.

Foster went 7 of 14 from 3-point range for Kansas State. Jevon Thomas had 13 points and Nino Williams added 10 for Kansas State.

This represented the first meeting between these two programs and the final game of this season's SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Big 12 won six of its 10 head-to-head matchups with the Southeastern Conference this week.