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Wall saves the day! Cats escape 72-70

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t as they drew it up, but in the end, it was a big debut for John Wall, who hit a game-winning jumper with .6 seconds remaining to push the Cats to 2-0. Wall looked a little off early on, forcing shots and earning nearly all his points from the free throw stripe, but he was on at the end and finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. The game would have been lost, however, if not for the second half emergence of fellow freshman DeMarcus Cousins, who spent most of the first half in foul trouble. Cousins took a tongue lashing from Calipari and put up 10 points and 10 boards in the second half. He, along with Patrick Patterson (17 and 9), who had an emphatic putback late in the game, carried the Cats on their backs late in the second half, setting up an opportunity for Wall to follow another Miami three with his game-winner. Matt will be by later with a full summary, but in the meantime, bask in the glow of being undefeated and the glorious start of the John Wall era.

Article written by Thomas Beisner