Too Tough: UK outlasts No. 8 Cincinnati, advances into Sweet 16
03/21/2015 05:50 PM
36-0, and how Sweet it is.
Trey Lyles posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kentucky to a physical 64-51 victory over No. 8 seed Cincinnati in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Louisville on Saturday.
It was a chippy game throughout, and both teams struggled from the field by combining to miss 77 shoots, but Kentucky (36-0) scored when it mattered to advance into the Sweet Sixteen.
Aaron Harrison finished with a game-high 13 points, including a big three-pointer to cap an 8-0 run at the end of the first half to give Kentucky a 31-24 advantage at intermission. He finished 3-7 behind the arc.
The Wildcats shot just 37% from the field but consistently got to the foul line, going 20-28 from the stipe compared to Cincinnati’s 9-14 total. The Bearcats made only 32% of their field goal attempts.
Cincinnati (23-11) fought to stay close in the second half. An Octavius Ellis jumper made the score 35-32 with 15:38 left, but Kentucky responded with an 11-3 run to claim its first double-digit lead of the game at 46-35 and never looked back.
Ellis finished with nine points and 10 rebound for the Bearcats. Troy Caupin scored a game-high 13, but finished 4-17 from the field as Cincinnati could not capitalize with outside shooting as Kentucky crowded the paint defensively.
Willie Cauley-Stein compiled nine points, two blocks, and a steal for Kentucky, including a monstrous dunk for an and-one over Cincinnati’s Quadri Moore in the second half.
The Wildcats advance into the Sweet Sixteen with Saturday’s victory and will play the winner from Sunday’s game between Number 4 seed Maryland and No. 5 West Virginia.