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

Posted at 11:18 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 23:18:03-05
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.