Kentucky hangs on to beat Wichita State in thriller

03/19/2017 05:15 PM

Survive and advance.

That’s the motto for Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, as the second-seeded Wildcats hung on to beat 10th-seeded Wichita State, 65-62.

The game featured 11 lead changes, with the Wildcats biggest lead of the game being seven points with four minutes left in the game. Wichita State cut Kentucky’s lead to one-point with less than a minute left. Kentucky’s defense stepped up and Bam Adebayo blocked Landry Shamet’s last-second three-point attempt to seal the victory. Kentucky advances to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last eight years.

Bam Adebayo was dominant down low for Kentucky. The big man had his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points (6-11 FG) and grabbing 10 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox continued to solidify his role as the team’s closer, scoring clutch baskets down the stretch. He finished with 14 points in 31 minutes of action. Malik Monk also scored 14 points. He recorded a team-high four assists.

Kentucky’s defense held Wichita State to only 39 percent shooting from the floor while scoring 13 points off the Shocker’s 11 turnovers.

Kentucky will play the winner of UCLA/Cincinnati (tips at 9:40 pm tonight) on Friday in Memphis. Tip is still TBD.

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We will have a full recap tomorrow night on KSTV at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News.

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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