Kentucky Falls To Robert Morris In First Round Of NIT

03/19/2013 08:56 PM

This is not how anyone saw this season ending. A loss. In the first round. Of the NIT. But that’s exactly what happened. Kentucky fell to Robert Morris 59-57.

Kentucky tied the game with under a minute left to play, but Willie Cauley-Stein fouled Mike McFadden on an offensive rebound with eight seconds on the clock. McFadden hit both free throws, and Kyle Wiltjer missed a three-pointer as time expired.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky scoring with 18 points and dominated the offensive side of the ball for UK after being fouled by Lucky Jones, which resulted in a flagrant two and an ejection for Jones. Jarrod Polson ended the game with 10 points, hitting four of five from the field and providing energy for the Cats. Goodwin and Polson were the only two Wildcats in double figures scoring.

Ryan Harrow played a grand total of nine minutes with one brief appearance in the second half, before being benched for the rest of the game. Wiltjer only played 10 minutes, and his inefficiency on both sides of the court severely hurt the Wildcats down the stretch this season.

The Colonials connected on five of 16 three-pointers, and each three seemed to come at a time when Robert Morris needed momentum. The Colonials played with energy and hustle all game long, and Kentucky fought just to keep up with Robert Morris for a full 40 minutes.

Be sure to watch KSTV tomorrow as Thomas Beisner checks in from Pittsburgh to recap Kentucky’s first round NIT loss to Robert Morris.

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