Kentucky holds off Vermont, 73-69

11/12/2017 07:24 PM

Just 48 hours after Utah Valley gave Kentucky a scare at Rupp Arena, Vermont came in and got even closer to knocking off the No. 5 Wildcats.

In an almost complete reversal of Friday night’s game with Utah Valley, where Kentucky trailed by nine at the half, Vermont did their damage in the final twelve minutes, overcoming a 12-point halftime deficit and making Kentucky work for a 73-69 win. The challenge from a veteran Vermont team was something John Calipari said his young team needs early in the year.

“We’re starting all freshmen, we bring in two sophomores who haven’t played that much, with a freshman off the bench,” Calipari said afterward. “You cannot play Popcorn State and learn anything. You got to play good teams.”

Freshman forward PJ Washington finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds and Hamidou Diallo added 16 points. Quade Green (15) and Kevin Knox (11) also scored in double figures.

Kentucky returns to the floor Tuesday against Kansas in the Champions Classic. KSTV will be in Chicago and have much more on Monday’s show.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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