When Kentucky’s offense struggled in the second half as Davidson clawed back from a double-digit deficit, Kevin Knox was there to keep his team alive and in control. While many of his teammates struggled to put points on the board, Knox scored 16 of his game-high 25 points after halftime, in a tight game.
One of his struggling teammates was PJ Washington, who went scoreless in the second half after having 11 in the first. Washington said afterwards, “Kevin got hot. He was making jumpers; he was attacking and getting to the free throw line; so, we just tried to keep going at him and he brought us through.”
Quade Green, who only scored two second half points, added, “He hit big shots. That’s what we need him to do. That’s what he is and that’s what’s he’s here for. Big shots, that’s what he do.”
Knox found most of his success on the baseline, where he would catch a screen, read the defense, then pull up or drive to the basket. The play allowed him several open looks, and even more trips to the foul line, where he hit 9 of 11 tries in the game.
Hamidou Diallo said it was their go-to play and that, “When Kevin gets going, nobody can guard him… When we need big baskets or big shots, he’s willing to take them and make them.”
Knox, sitting in front of a room full of reporters on the main stage after the game, told reporters it was Kentucky’s offensive execution down the stretch that earned his team the win. He was also asked if he has enjoyed his time in Boise so far, to which he said, “I’m here to play basketball, get these two wins and get back to Lexington with two Ws.”
He played great basketball Thursday night, and the Cats got one of those two wins because of it.