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UK Knocks off Missouri 66-58 as Reid Travis is Injured

Posted at 11:18 PM, Feb 19, 2019
Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley, left, laughs with teammate Tyler Herro during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Kentucky was able to knock off Missouri Tuesday night 66-58 on the road but it may have come with a cost. Reid Travis had a player roll into his knee midway through the second half and he did not return.

As for the game, the Wildcats went on an early 10-2 run thanks, in part, to three pointers from P.J. Washington and Tyler Herro. Kentucky would lead 10-5.

After Missouri went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-10 lead, the Wildcats quickly got the lead back as Travis Reid hit Washington for a slam. Then, Herro went on his own seven point scoring run. He hit two free throws, a finger roll and then a three pointer to put UK in front 19-11.

P.J. Washington then had his own five point run as he followed up an E.J. Montgomery miss for a lay-up. Then, he knocked down his second three pointer in as many tries. UK would extend the lead to 27-17.

P.J. went on another scoring run later with a floater that went off glass and then a 15 footer to put the Wildcats up 36-21.

Nick Richards finished off the first half with an alley-oop slam off a pass from Immanuel Quickley and he was fouled.

UK would take a 41-23 lead into the break. Washington and Herro combined for 25 points with the UK sophomore pouring in 15 on 6-10 shooting from the field. The UK freshman added 10. Both players also combined to hit 4-of-8 three pointers in the half.

In the second half, Ashton Hagans finally got it going offensively. He hit back-to-back three pointers and then a couple of free throws to score eight straight for the Cats.

A short time later, Hagans would get the assist finding Washington on an alley-oop. Kentucky was in front 54-39.

That’s when Travis was standing under the basket when Keldon Johnson came down going up for a rebound and he rolled into the UK graduate transfer’s leg. Travis had a noticeable limp as he went to the other end of the court. Then, after UK got a defensive rebound, a timeout was called. Travis immediately went to the locker room.

It didn’t take long for UK to come out with a diagnosis although we don’t know how bad it could be until they evaluate it further.

Missouri would cut into the lead but Kentucky holds on to win 66-58. Washington and Herro led the way with 18 points each. Hagans added 12. UK is now 22-4, 11-2 in the SEC.