Kentucky battles to 58-50 win at Louisville – Box Score

No. 1 Kentucky survived its biggest test of the season so far after beating rivals No. 4 Louisville 58-50 at KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. As expected, the game started slowly, as both teams struggled in the early goings to get points against their respective strong defensive barriers.

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Kentucky pulled away in second half to beat Louisville: UK Photos

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sporting Alert, Box Score Below) — No. 1 Kentucky survived its biggest test of the season so far after beating rivals No. 4 Louisville 58-50 at KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.

As expected, the game started slowly, as both teams struggled in the early goings to get points against their respective strong defensive barriers.

However, the nation’s top ranked team found their grooving in the second half and pulled away en route to their 13th successive  win — showing why they are being backed to go all the way again and repeat as national champions this season.

“We needed this. We needed a challenge like this,” John told his team.

Tyler Ulis shot 5 of 8 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from three-point range and scored 12 of his 14 points off the bench in the second half to lead the way for Kentucky, which went up by as many as 12 points 4:43 left.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Trey Lyles, and Dakari Johnson each collected nine rebounds in the win for John Calipari’s team, which had it’s streak of winning by double digits snapped.

Terry Rozier had 15 points and eight rebounds and Chris Jones, added 13 points for Louisville, who was suffering its first defeat of the season.

Wayne Blackshear, ended with 10 points Montrezl Harrell contributed nine points and eight boards for the Cardinals (11-1), which shot just 25.9 percent from the field and a disappointing 3-of-14 from long-range.

Kentucky (13-0) led 22-18 at halftime, despite struggling to take care of the ball. The Wildcats shot poorly in the first half — going 10 for 27 from the field and committed 10 turnovers.

It was the lowest scoring half this season for both teams, who are two of the top defensive programs in the country.

Kentucky also out-rebounded the Cardinals 24-15 at the end of what was a very physical opening 20-minutes of basketball, that accidentally left the Wildcats guard Ulis with a bloody right eye.

“You gotta play tough,” John said during his halftime interview. “No one is going to surrender to our team, so you gotta play through.

“We were complaining that ‘they are hitting me’ so I sit them out and put someone else in the game,” he added.

Louisville, who averaged 13.3 assists coming into this game, finished with just one for the entire game on Saturday, as their 35-game non-conference home winning streak, which dates back to Dec. 2010, came to an end.

The Cardinals return to the court on Tuesday when they hosts Long Beach State, while the Wildcats will entertain Mississippi next on Jan. 6.

NOTE:
• Saturday’s game produced the fewest combined points (108) in the Louisville-Kentucky series since Jan. 21, 1922 when the Wildcats won 29-22 (51 total points) in Lexington.

 

Official Box Score
Kentucky vs LOUISVILLE
12/27/14 2:05PM at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

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VISITORS: Kentucky 13-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Towns, Karl-Anthony. f  3-7    0-0    4-5    5  4  9   2  10  0  4  0  0  26
15 Cauley-Stein, Willie f  2-5    0-0    1-2    2  4  6   4   5  0  0  0  3  23
41 Lyles, Trey......... f  3-6    0-0    0-0    3  6  9   3   6  4  2  0  1  30
02 Harrison, Aaron..... g  2-10   2-7    1-2    0  3  3   3   7  1  1  0  2  26
05 Harrison, Andrew.... g  1-6    1-1    0-0    1  2  3   3   3  4  6  0  0  20
00 Lee, Marcus.........    1-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   0   2  0  1  3  0  10
01 Booker, Devin.......    3-5    1-2    2-2    1  1  2   3   9  0  0  0  0  28
03 Ulis, Tyler.........    5-8    2-4    2-3    0  1  1   1  14  2  0  0  0  26
44 Johnson, Dakari.....    1-2    0-0    0-0    2  7  9   1   2  0  4  0  0  11
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   21-50   6-14  10-14  17 29 46  20  58 11 18  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-27 37.0%   2nd Half: 11-23 47.8%   Game: 42.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half: 10-14 71.4%   Game: 71.4%    1

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HOME TEAM: LOUISVILLE 11-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 HARRELL, Montrezl... f  4-9    0-1    1-3    6  2  8   3   9  0  2  1  2  40
25 BLACKSHEAR, Wayne... f  2-9    0-2    6-9    0  1  1   4  10  0  3  0  2  35
32 ONUAKU, Chinanu..... c  0-2    0-0    0-0    4  1  5   2   0  0  1  0  2  20
00 ROZIER, Terry....... g  5-18   1-5    4-4    2  6  8   1  15  0  0  0  2  37
03 JONES, Chris........ g  3-15   1-5    6-8    1  2  3   3  13  1  1  0  2  37
02 SNIDER, Quentin.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
12 MATHIANG, Mangok....    0-3    0-0    0-0    3  2  5   2   0  0  2  1  0  20
21 AARON, Shaqquan.....    1-2    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   3  0  0  0  0  10
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   15-58   3-14  17-24  18 15 33  16  50  1  9  2 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-28 21.4%   2nd Half:  9-30 30.0%   Game: 25.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 21.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-6  83.3%   2nd Half: 12-18 66.7%   Game: 70.8%    3

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Officials: Karl Hess, Roger Ayers, Michael Roberts
Technical fouls: Kentucky-None. LOUISVILLE-None.
Attendance: 22812
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Kentucky......................   22   36  -   58
LOUISVILLE....................   18   32  -   50
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