Kentucky's season comes to an end in heartbreaking fashion against UNC

03/26/2017 08:02 PM

Kentucky’s season came to a heartbreaking end tonight, as North Carolina hit a buzzer beater with .3 seconds left to win 75-73.

Down 73-70 with 10 seconds left in the game left, Malik Monk hit a contested three-pointer to tie the game with hopes of sending it into overtime. North Carolina quickly inbounded the ball and Theo Pinson found Luke Maye for the game-winning bucket.

It was a game of runs, and North Carolina’s run down the stretch was the difference maker in the game. Kentucky had a 64-59 lead with 5:10 left in the game before UNC went on an 11-0 run to give the Tar Heels a 71-64 lead with 54 seconds left.

Justin Jackson led the way for North Carolina, scoring 19 points. But Luke Maye was the difference maker, scoring 17 points, including the game-winner to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four.

Five Wildcats scored in double-figures. De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo both had 13 points. Malik Monk and Isaac Humphries had 12 points, which is a career high for Humphries. Dominique Hawkins added 10 points in his final game at Kentucky.

UNC won the rebounding battle, 44-34. The Tar Heels also outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 34-26.

Kentucky finishes its season with a 32-6 record. KSTV will take a look back at UK’s season tomorrow night at 7:30 on Spectrum News. Until then, make sure to follow us on facebook (Kentucky Sports Television) and twitter (KSTV_sports) for more updates.

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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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