Sunday, January 11, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Survives Double Overtime at Texas A&M

(1) Kentucky 70
Texas A&M 64  F/2OT

Final from College Station, Texas

Game recap by UK:

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari repeated the same thing again and again after his top-ranked team remained undefeated with a double-overtime victory against Texas A&M on Saturday.

''We're not a very good team right now,'' Calipari said.

But surprisingly, that's OK with the veteran coach.

''I don't want us to be great right now anyway,'' he said. ''We need to be great at the end of February and March ... you win and you learn. It's winning and learning and that's all we're trying to do.''

Tyler Ulis put Kentucky ahead with a 3-pointer deep in double overtime to help hold off Texas A&M for the 70-64 win.

The game was tied at 63 when Ulis hit the shot with 1:26 left for his first points of the game.

Kentucky (15-0, 2-0 SEC) was coming off an overtime win against Mississippi on Tuesday.

''These kids are not machines,'' Calipari said. ''They make mistakes. They do dumb things, but I've got a good group that has a will to win.''

The Aggies rallied in the final minutes to tie it in regulation. Trey Lyles made two foul shots with six seconds left in the first overtime for Kentucky, and Texas A&M took its time before missing a long 3 at the buzzer.

Down 66-63, Kourtney Roberson made one of two free throws for A&M (9-5, 0-2 SEC) before a turnover by Lyles gave the Aggies the ball back with 26.9 seconds left.

Danuel House missed a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left and Dakari Johnson made two free throws for Kentucky. House finished with 25 points.

Johnson wasn't surprised that A&M gave them such a fight.

''We know that this is every team's Super Bowl and everybody is going to give us their best shot,'' he said.

Devin Booker led Kentucky with 18 points, Aaron Harrison had 12 and Andrew Harrison had nine. Three players fouled out for Kentucky and one for the Aggies.

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