Saturday, December 27, 2014

No. 1 Kentucky Pulls Away in Second Half to Defeat Louisville

(1) Kentucky 58
(4) Louisville 50

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

No. 4 Louisville seemed to run out of steam late in the game and No. 1 Kentucky took advantage to earn a 58-50 win on the road.

Tyler Ulis, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, led the Wildcats with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Karl Towns added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Devin Booker chipped in 9 points.

Louisville (11-1) got 15 points and 8 rebounds from Terry Rozier. Chris Jones contributed 13 points but was just 3-for-15 from the field. Wayne Blackshear finished with 10 points. Preseason All-American Montrezl Harrell had 9 points and 8 boards for the Cardinals.

Kentucky (13-0) held Louisville to 15-for-58 (25.9%) field goal shooting in the game. Head coach Rick Pitino was impressed with the Wildcats' defense.

"I know one thing," Pitino said. "They're one of the great defensive teams I've seen in my 40 years. They can switch and not cause a mismatch, they can move their feet, they can block the shot."

The Wildcats limited Louisville to only one assist for the entire game and forced the Cardinals into 9 turnovers.

Kentucky will have ten days off before returning to action with a Southeastern Conference game against Ole Miss on January 6 in Lexington.

Louisville hosts Long Beach State Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET before entering the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of their schedule.

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