UK Basketball | Wildcats lose wild one on tip in at buzzer
02/20/2016 09:40 PM
For the third straight time that these two teams have faced off Kentucky and Texas A&M needed an extra period to determine a winner.
With Alex Poythress still out nursing a knee injury Kentucky’s lack of size in the middle showed up tonight as they gave up 20 offensive rebounds to the Aggies, including the game winning tip-in at the buzzer, as the Wildcats (20-7, 10-4) lost to Texas A&M 79-77 in overtime.
Tyler Ulis knocked in 22 points and dished out 11 assists as the Cats shot 50% from the field including 10-20 from beyond the arc to keep the game close. Starting forward Derek Willis, who was held in check by a stingy A&M defense, left the game midway through the second half after turning his ankle and did not return.
But it was reserve center Isaac Humphries who ceremoniously won and lost the game for the Wildcats. Humphries had a team high 12 rebounds but none bigger than the one he grabbed with 9.1 seconds to go in overtime and UK clinging to a one point lead.
After an A&M miss, Humphries grabbed the rebound and was promptly fouled. Kentucky was up one and headed to the free throw line. Then the freshman center slammed the ball down while celebrating with teammates after seemingly locking up the victory. BAM. Technical foul. Which is the correct call for any player who slams the basketball to the court.
A&M hit two free throws to go up one point. Humphries, who fouled out due to the technical, was replaced by Skal Labissiere. Skal sank one of two, knotting the score at 77 and setting up the final play tip in.
With the loss Kentucky’s lead in the SEC falls to a single game. Next up for UK is a Tuesday night matchup with Alabama. That game will tip off at 7pm on ESPN.