Harvard hung around for a half until Kentucky’s lengthy defense took over to pick up the Cats’ seventh win of the 2017 season.
Harvard came out of the locker room hot in the first half, making 7 of their first 17 three-point attempts (42.1 percent). Kentucky did not play poorly, but still only led by five at halftime. Then Hamidou Diallo took over.
The Cats jumped passing lanes, created turnovers and ran the floor for easy transition buckets. The 13-0 run put the game out of reach midway through the second half. In the middle of it all was Diallo. The uber athletic shooting guard tied a career-high with 19 points and added 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to the stat sheet. Kevin Knox was just ahead of Diallo with a game-high 20 points on the night.
Many may have hoped for a bigger final scoring margin, but Kentucky played well in an entertaining game. The Cats stepped up their game defensively when they had to and stole nine passes, forced 15 turnovers and turned it into 24 points. Harvard came out with a haymaker and Kentucky punched back.