UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
VERMONT AT KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 12, 2017
Final Score: #5/4 Kentucky 73, Vermont 69
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 2-0 and this was Vermont’s season opener.
This was the first meeting between UK and Vermont in men’s basketball.
Next for the Wildcats: UK takes on Kansas on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET in the State Farm Champions Classic. The game will be played in the United Center in Chicago and it will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the first time this season.
Kentucky got a 10-0 spurt to take a 13-4 lead but Vermont rallied to re-take the lead at 16-15.
From there, Kentucky controlled the remainder of the first half at went to intermission ahead 36-24.
In the Second Half
Kentucky stretched the lead to 14 points early in the second half, UK’s largest lead of the game.
Vermont battled back, gradually lowering the deficit to three on two occasions.
With 28.7 seconds left, Trae Bell-Haynes missed a pair of free throws but Vermont claimed a loose ball on the rebound.
Ernie Duncan missed a 3-pointer but the ball was tipped out of bounds and awarded to Vermont with 5.7 seconds to play.
Payton Henson missed a final 3-pointer and Washington grabbed the rebound to preserve the Wildcat win. He added a foul shot for the final of 73-69.
Kentucky shot 78.3 percent at the foul line, making 18 of 23.
Kentucky won the rebounding 36-27, leading to a 10-4 advantage in second-chance points.
UK has had at least three players with three or more assists in both games this season.
PJ Washington totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double by a Wildcat this season.
Washington’s final rebound with less than a second to play clinched the win.
Hamidou Diallo had 16 points and three assists.
After two games, he is the team’s leading scorer with a 17-point average.
Quade Green had 15 points and a team-high four assists.
Kevin Knox had 11 points and four rebounds, including a crucial 3-pointer with 3:13 to play that was UK’s final basket of the game.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari is now 251-53 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 136-6 at Rupp Arena.
Calipari has a 696-193 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is 3-0 vs. Vermont in his career.
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