UK runs past Missouri, 69-53
01/29/2015 11:41 PM
Kentucky expected a much different Missouri team in Columbia than the one they saw just a couple of weeks ago in Rupp Arena, where the Cats thrashed the Tigers by 49 points. And for the majority of the game, that’s exactly what they got.
The plan for Missouri was to be as physical as possible with the Cats and force them out of their comfort zone and it was working early. The Tigers clawed their way to a 17-16 lead as the Cats struggled to score in the game’s first 13 minutes, but Kentucky’s second platoon, led by Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson, found their stride and gave UK a 34-25 lead at the half.
Despite opening the second half with five minutes without a field goal, UK’s trademark defense and ability to create opportunities at the foul line allowed them to extend the lead in a foul-heavy game. The Cats spent most of the second half cruising and eventually finished with a 69-53 win to move to 20-0 on the season.
Sophomore point guard Andrew Harrison put together maybe his most complete game of the year with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. His brother Aaron added 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists, while Dakari Johnson added 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Be sure to watch KSTV Friday for a full recap and break down of UK’s seventh conference win.