Cats outlast Huskies, advance to final

The young Kentucky Wildcats passed its first major test of the season, beating a legitimate top ten team on a neutral floor. Freshman guard Brandon Knight lead all scorers with 24 points as Kentucky downed a tough Washington Huskies team 74-67.

The young Kentucky Wildcats passed its first major test of the season, beating a legitimate top ten team on a neutral floor. Freshman guard Brandon Knight led all scorers with 24 points as Kentucky downed a tough Washington Huskies team 74-67. Freshman Terrence Jones added another double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling in 17 big rebounds. Josh Harrelson added 14 rebounds as the Wildcats advanced to the Maui Invitational final, to be played Wednesday against Connecticut.

The Wildcats opened the game very disoriented, giving up four quick points to the Huskies. Coach John Calipari called timeout and the team emerged from the huddle energized. Kentucky went on a 21-4 run; Knight scored 11 of those points. The physical Huskies team would not fold, however. Coach Romar's team fought back to take a slim one-point lead into the halftime break.

Both teams fought hard and traded baskets for the first eight minutes of the second half. Darius Miller hit a bucket at the 11:44 mark to give UK a five point cushion 48-43. Washington tied the game at the midway point of the first half on a Justin Hollaway bucket. After a couple of Terrence Jones free throws, Brandon Knight took over, scoring the next seven Wildcat points, providing the Cats with another five point lead at 59-54. Harrelson added a bucket near the five minute mark to extend the Wildcat lead to nine and the Cats managed to hang on for their fourth consecutive victory.

Kentucky shot poorly from the free throw line all night but closed the game hitting eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.


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