sophomore Darnell Dodson provided a spark off the bench towards the end of the half, scoring nine points, on three of three from behind the arc. Patrick Patterson added nine points in the half to go with John Wall's team leading 10 points.
Both teams traded baskets early in the second half, with Miami maintaining a small advantage through the first TV timeout of the half.
Just before the under 12 minute timeout, Kentucky began to turn up the defensive and offensive intensity. DeMarcus Cousins, after receiving a stern talking to by Calipari, began to assert himself. Dished the ball to Patterson the post for a dunk, and making a strong post move of his own to score. He later ripped down an offensive rebound, put it back to bring the deficit down to two, at 50-48 with 10:53 on the clock.
Both teams traded baskets and the Wildcats were unable to get over the hump as the eight minute mark approached, when John Wall made a steal and a dunk to tie the game at 52 with 7:45 in the second half.
On the next possession, the Wildcats took the lead for the first time since early in the game. After a turnover, Darius Miller turnover around and knocked down a three pointer from the corner giving the Cats a five point lead.
Kenny Hayes answered, making a contested three pointer at the other and and getting the foul. Hayes made the free throw, cutting the lead back to one.
Miami once against answered, when Antonio Ballard knocked down Miami's twelth three of the evening, tying the game. Both teams traded baskets before a familiar foe reared his head again.
Wimbush made another three point shot with 3:27 to go in the game to give Miami a two point lead at 65-63.
Patrick Patterson went to the line at the 2:56 mark and tied the game at 65-65, scoring his 14th and 15th points of the game.
Kentucky retook the lead when Patterson followed up a missed layup by DeMarcus Cousins with a dunk.
After Miami tied the game from the line, John Wall penetrated and got the ball over to DeMarcus Cousins who put the ball in the basket, but was unable to make the free-throw on the three point play attempt with 1:29 to go in the game.
Miami had two consecutive possessions to attempt to tie the game, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.
John Wall went to the line with 17 seconds left in the game, making one of two from the line to give Kentucky a three point lead at 70 to 67.
Kenny Hayes connected on a 24-foot three pointer with only six seconds left in the game to tie. John Wall grabbed the ball from the nets and pushed the basketball quickly down the court and knocked down a 15 foot fall away jumper to give the Wildcats a two point lead.
Miami could only muster a desperation heave at the basket as time expired.
John Wall lead the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points, including his game winner. Patrick Patterson added 17 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds, all coming in the second half.