Valiant Effort Comes Up Short in Maui

Senior guard Cade Davis led a late surge, but the Sooners fell short in a 76-64 decision in their Maui Invitational opener to the Kentucky Wildcats.

After trailing by as much as 18 in the second half, OU made a furious run, cutting the deficit to only six with Davis' three-pointer with 2:15 remaining.

But the following possession featured Davis' attempt at another three getting blocked, followed by a dunk by Kentucky forward Terrence Jones on the other end.

That made it 70-62, and the Sooners couldn't get closer than that again, missing four straight shots on a sequence that featured three offensive rebounds with less than a minute to play.

Kentucky stormed out of the gates to a 21-8 lead in the first 5:22, but OU was strong for a bit after that.

The Sooners cut the Wildcats' advantage to five, using a 10-2 spurt over the next four minutes.

But that's when UK closed the half with momentum to take a 42-28 lead into the break.

The ‘Cats came out almost as strong in the second half, building that 18-point advantage before OU began to dig into it.

Davis had 23 points for the Sooners, while Jones was the high-point man for Kentucky with 29.

OU next plays Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Maui.

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