Feb 1, 2014 2:03 PM by Alan Cutler
For the first time in UK history, five freshman started a road game.
Dakari Johnson started for Willie Cauley-Stein. The change in Dakari is great to see. He was hustling and moving his feet on defense.
Dakari gets his first break with UK up 9-4.
James Young with a two handed dunk and UK goes up 11-6.
Great baseline move by Aaron Harrison using his left hand to lay it in. UK goes up 16-9, but there is some trouble with both Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein both picked up two fouls.
Jabari Brown drives baseline and they don't call a foul on Julius Randle. Frank Haith loses it and gets a technical. Andrew Harrison hits the free throws and UK goes up 19-14.
Nice to see something positive by Marcus Lee. He's playing because of the foul trouble and moves without the ball. Perfect pass from Polson and UK goes up 26-23 on Lee's dunk.
UK goes on a 7-0 run. Andrew Harrison take the turnover and goes coast to coast. UK goes up 35-26.
UK leads 42-32 at the half.
Andrew Harrison leads UK with 12.
Jordan Clarkson leads everyone with 14.
UK has hit 55% from the field and leads the battle of the boards 15-12.
UK has 4 shots made from downtown, Missouri has 3.
Perhaps the best stat is that UK has only 3 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The one thing you never do when you play Missouri is forget about Jabari Brown in transition, and his three cuts UK lead to 46-37. John Calipari takes quick timeout because he was obviously upset.
James Young had scored 8 straight UK points and was feeling it, but he passed up a quick three to give it to Aaron Harrison who was wide open. Aaron's 3 gives UK their biggest lead of the game 59-43.
UK with only their fourth turnover of the game. Clarkson scores on the fast break and it's an 11-2 run for Missouri as they cut UK's lead to 63-52.
Dominique Hawkins hurts his hip crashing on the floor going to the bucket. He has to leave so Frank Haith picks Willie Cauley-Stein to shoot Hawkins' free throws. Willie misses both. 63-56 UK.
Brown beats Young off the dribble with a dunk that's going to be on ESPN tonight. UK's lead is cut to 66-63. But right after that, and this is big, Andrew Harrison calmly hits 2 free throws. It's his first points of the second half. UK leads 68-63.
Huge play for UK. They are killing the clock. With 3 seconds to go in the shot clock, Alex Poythress cuts to the bucket, and Andrew Harrison hits him for an easy dunk. It's 78-71 UK. Missouri wants time wiith 1:33 to go.
Aaron Harrison was the hero scoring 4 points in the final 20 seconds. First it's a great baseline drive with 20 seconds to go to make it 82-77. Then he hits 2 free throws with 12 seconds to go to make it 84-77.
UK wins 84-79.
Aaron leads UK with 21.
James Young had 20, Julius Randle who hit a big basket with :58 seconds to go had 18 points and 9 rebounds and Andrew Harrison had 14.
UK shot 54% from the field and 57% from downtown.
The battle of the boards was even at 29.
Jabari Brown played a great game. He had 33. Jordan Clarkson was also special with 28.