Kentucky Falls Short Of Win Against Michigan State 78-74
11/12/2013 09:05 PM
Turnovers and missed free throws were Kentucky basketball’s Achilles heel against Michigan State. The Wildcats gave up 17 turnovers and missed 16 free throws, the last of which was more than enough to give UK the win. Instead, the Spartans take this early season match-up against Kentucky 78-74.
Julius Randle exploded in the second half for 23 points and 9 rebounds (27 points, 13 rebounds total for his third straight double-double). Michigan State nearly shut Randle down in the first half, holding him to just four points and four rebounds while forcing the freshman to commit four turnovers. But it was Randle’s effort in the second half that brought Kentucky back to life and kept them in the game.
In the first half, Michigan State went on a 10-0 run to start the game, but James Young put the team on his back and kept the Cats in the game, scoring 15 points in the first half and ending the game with 19 points.
The Wildcats out-rebounded Michigan State 45 to 30, but Kentucky could not pull down the last defensive rebound needed with 10 seconds left down by two that would have given the Cats a great shot at pulling off the win.