Kentucky falls short in SEC championship

03/16/2014 05:08 PM

Kentucky’s hot streak fell short as the Cats lost to Florida (32-2, 18-0), 61-60, in the SEC Tournament Championship game. A cold shooting night would be the Cats’ (24-10, 12-6) downfall, as UK shot just 35% from the field.

Down 54-39 with 11:05 remaining in the game, the Cats would use a 14-0 run to cut the Gators’ lead to one. Aaron Harrison led the charge, scoring seven of his game-high 16 in that span.

Kentucky would once again cut Florida’s lead to one, 61-60, after a James Young three-pointer with 1:31 to go. But on the game’s final play, Young, who finished with 13 points, would lose the ball as the final buzzer sounded.

Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and Andrew Harrison also added 10 points in the losing effort.

Kentucky will head to the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Cats are an eight-seed, and will play the Kansas State Wildcats (20-12, 10-8 Big 12) in the second round.

If UK advances into the Round of 32, they will likely face the undefeated, one-seed Wichita State Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC).

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