Saturday, December 26, 2015

Kentucky Survives Louisville Comeback to Earn Rivalry Win

(12) Kentucky 75
(16) Louisville 73

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 12 Kentucky survived a ferocious Louisville comeback attempt and knocked off the Cardinals 75-73 Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (10-2) held a 16-point lead early in the second half but the No. 16 Cardinals went on a long, methodical run. Louisville cut the lead down to 75-73 but missed a potential game-winner at the final buzzer.

Sophomore Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 21 points and 8 assists. Ulis was 4-for-7 from long range and only had 1 turnover in the game. Alex Poythress added 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Dominique Hawkins came off the bench to contribute 13 points, including a huge three-pointer in the closing minutes. Hawkins saw an increase in minutes due to a pregame injury to Isaiah Briscoe. Briscoe was dressed but did not play in the game.

Jamal Murray finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Kentucky, but also had a game-high 7 turnovers.

Louisville (11-2) was led by Damion Lee with 27 points. Trey Lewis chipped in 15 points for the Cardinals.

Kentucky will have a week off before opening Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss next Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville returns to action next Sunday against Wake Forest in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

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