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Cats Find Their Shot in the Second Half to Put Away Arizona State, 72-58

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Kentucky took the court in the second half with only a 1-point lead, but the game would never get any closer.  Kentucky ran Arizona State out of Rupp Arena, leading by as much as 20 on the way to a 14-point victory.

The Cats couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half, shooting 31% from the field and hitting only 1 of 9 from behind the three-point line.  Cal got his Cats attacking the rim in the second half, hitting the easy buckets before turning it on from behind the 3-point line.  In the second half UK made 58% of their field goals and shot 50% from three.   

The tide began to turn when Isaiah Briscoe had a 7-0 run by himself.  Jamal Murray got a little jealous and finally found his shot from behind the arc, scoring 12 of his 17 in the second half.  When the frontcourt got into foul trouble, a bald Derek Willis provided the spark to turn a convincing win into a blowout.

It was another non-conference game that revealed Kentucky’s flaws, but the second half showed the Cats have the fight to overcome shooting woes.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for Cats Find Their Shot in the Second Half to Put Away Arizona State, 72-58

  1. Lip Man 1
    5:43 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    About time they woke up. Free throw shooting brutal, Skal with another bad game.

  2. The Rest of the story
    6:37 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    I know Cal does not want Skal on next yrs. team so he is trying to make him a 1st round draft choice. To the detriment of this team we will suffer close games with him in the line up. This is a Much better team without him on the floor. When Lee, Willis/Alex , Brisco. Murray. and Ulis in the game there seems to be a really good flow and quickness to this team. Skill slows us down in the half court and gives us no rebounding. Someone tell me why this guy is starting.