#9 Kentucky comes up big in final minutes

Ashton Hagans drives to the basket (photo credit Dr. Michael Huang KSR)

By Lukas Witt (11 years old)

I got a courtside view of #9 Kentucky’s 82-74 win over Utah Valley tonight at Rupp as they improve to 3-1 on the season. The Cats were never able to pull to far ahead without UVU fighting their way back into the game from behind the 3-point line shooting 11/31 while the Cate were a low 1/12 from behind the arch. Tonight was the Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans show, Richards put up another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Hagans finished the night with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. We began to see good play from Johnny Juzang as he came up with a big rebound and bucket in the last minutes of the game. Nate Sestina was quiet on the offensive end but pulled down 12 rebounds as the Cats out rebounded UVU 46-27. Free throws sealed the deal tonight as Kentucky missed just 3 going 31-34 from the charity stripe. Injuries continue to take its toll on Kentucky as EJ Montgomery was out again tonight but he was seen on the sideline without his boot which is good news, while Immanuel Quickley reportedly was suffering from a chest injury from yesterday’s practice, if that isn’t enough Khalil Whitney jammed his finger near the end of tonight’s game. Hopefully, these guys will be ready to go by the weekend. On Friday, November 22nd the Cats take on Mt. St. Mary’s at 7 pm, while on Sunday, November 24th they will face Lamar at 6 pm, both take place at Rupp and you can watch on the SECNetwork.

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