Kentucky advances to second round, beats NKU 79-70

03/18/2017 12:46 AM

It wasn’t pretty, but No. 2 Kentucky hung on to beat No. 15 Northern Kentucky 79-70 to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

De’Aaron Fox led the way with 19 points (8-15 FG) and was aggressive early on. He was a big reason why Kentucky got off to a fast start. Isaiah Briscoe scored 17 points (7-11 FG) and grabbed eight rebounds. Bam Adebayo was a monster on the boards, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with his 12 points.

It appeared early on that the Wildcats would blow the Norse away. That wasn’t the case, as Northern Kentucky stayed in the game, battling on the boards and bringing the physicality to Kentucky. The Wildcats led by as much as 18 points in the second half, but Northern Kentucky never gave up, coming within eight points with less than a minute left in the game.

Northern Kentucky’s Lavone Holland scored 22 points to lead the Norse. Freshman Carson Williams added 21 points and nine rebounds.

Kentucky will face Wichita State on Sunday at 2:40 pm. The last time the two teams met was in the 2014 NCAA tournament when the eighth-seeded Wildcats upset the top-seeded Shockers in the second round.

Make sure to follow KSTV on twitter (KSTV_sports) and Facebook (search “Kentucky Sports Television”) for more tournament coverage throughout the weekend.

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Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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