The Kentucky Wildcats were hoping to come out to a fast start and bury the Tigers of LSU quickly. Unfortunately for them, Johnny O’Braynt is unstoppable when playing the Cats and scored six straight points to open then game. Kentucky, however, was able to claw their way back with a layup by Andrew Harrison and three points from James Young to make it only a 6-5 advantage for LSU at the under-16 timeout.
The Wildcats were able to keep their foot on the pedal and extend the run to 13-0 before LSU finally stopped the bleeding. Lead by the Harrison twins and a few key rebounds by Cauley-Stein, Kentucky was able to take a comfortable four point lead heading into the under-12 timeout, where the score was 13-9.
Going back and forth a bit in the next four minutes of play, the Wildcats were able to show their high-flying play that is expected of this team. Ally-oops, fastbreaks, and putback dunks keyed the back-and-forth play for Kentucky. The young Wildcat team was able to extend their lead by three, leading 27-20 at the under-8 timeout.
The under-4 timeout was ushered in with a foul on Aaron Harrison on a lob from his brother, Andrew Harrison. Aaron went down hard on the foul, causing refs to go to the monitor to review for a flagrant foul. After deciding it wasn’t a flagrant, Aaron took to the line for two. Hitting both, the Wildcats lead 32-24 with 3:42 left in the game.
The final four minutes, Kentucky’s lead was cut down from eight to three. This was thanks in big part to a four-point play by Shavon Coleman, his only four points of the game. Kentucky’s scores were as follows: Aaron Harrison-11, James Young-8, Andrew Harrison/Willie Cauley-Stein-5, Julius Randle/Marcus Lee/Alex Poythress-2. That’s seven of the nine players for UK that have scored. Wildcats lead 35-32 at the half.