Mar 23, 2014 4:07 PM by St. Louis, MO
If he was hurting, Andrew Harrison didn't show any effects of the elbow injury he suffered in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas St. The Freshman point guard started for the Wildcats and scored a couple of early driving baskets around the lane.
Harrison's brother, Aaron, scored 7 quick points on 3-4 shooting from the field. In fact, back-to-back three pointers by Aaron and James Young put Kentucky up 14-10 with 13:00 to go in the first half.
Andrew Harrison really tested the elbow by hitting a three ponter to give UK a 19-15 lead. But, Wichita St. would comeback. A three pointer by Tekele Cotton. Then, a steal off a bad pass from Aaron Harrison led to two free throws by Cotton for the one point Shockers lead. Then, Andrew Harrison was picked by Fred Van Vleet and he dished to Darius Carter for the slam and a 22-19 Wichita State lead.
The Shockers turned it up a notch. Julius Randle scored his first two of the game 16 minutes in. Wichita State hit three straight lay-ups, all part of a 17-4 run to take a 32-23 lead.
UK would cut the lead back to five on a Willie Cauley-Stein slam, 32-27 with 3:23 to go in the half. But, Wichita State got another steal off Aaron Harrison and it led to a Cleanthony Early big time dunk as he was fouled.
A James Young three right before the end of the shot clock expired helped UK go into the half down just six at 37-31. James Young had eight to lead UK at the break. The Harrison's had 7 points each but they also combined for seven of the Cats eight turnovers.