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No. 4 Kentucky defeats Missouri on the road 66-58

Photo: UK Athletics

Photo: UK Athletics

After an exciting first half that saw Kentucky maintain an impressive 41-23 lead, the second half turned into the sleepy performance we all expected going into the evening.

The Kentucky Wildcats fought off a tough late effort from the Missouri Tigers to pull off a 66-58 victory on the road, the team’s sixth consecutive victory away from home.

With the win, the Cats move to 22-4 on the year and 11-2 in the SEC.

PJ Washington finished with a tying team-high 18 points (7-13 shooting, 2-4 from three) to go with eight rebounds, three assists, and one block. He has now upped his scoring average in ten consecutive games, moving up to 19.9 points per game during that span.

Tyler Herro continued his dominant ways on the road, finishing with 18 points (4-9 shooting, 2-5 from three, 8-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal. For the season, the Kentucky guard is now shooting 92.4 percent from the line, good for No. 1 in school history (single-season) for players with 50 or more attempts.

After finishing the first half with zero points and four turnovers, Ashton Hagans managed to end the day with 12 points (3-5 shooting, 2-4 from three), two assists, and four turnovers.

Nick Richards had seven points (3-3 shooting) and four rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.

Keldon Johnson added five points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in the victory.

Beyond those five, Immanuel Quickley and Reid Travis each finished with three points.

Overall, Kentucky was outrebounded 28-34, finished with more turnovers (14-12), and fewer assists (10-11). That being said, the Cats shot 48 percent from the field (compared to 37 percent for Mizzou), 37 percent from three (33 percent for MU), and 86.4 percent from the free throw line (71.4 percent for MU). Even with the sloppy overall performance, Kentucky still managed to lead for 37:43 of the game compared to 0:42 for Missouri.

In easily the biggest news of the night, Travis went down with a knee injury, which was soon diagnosed as a sprain that kept him out to end the game. ESPN announcer Jimmy Dykes said that was the best-case scenario for the star forward, but we’ll have to find out specifics in the near future.

Here is the entire box score:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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30 Comments for No. 4 Kentucky defeats Missouri on the road 66-58

  1. bigbluenationmbb
    11:25 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Good win hopefully Travis is ok pj is a stud man great 2nd year player probably the best cal has had since jones

  2. runningunnin.454
    11:25 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Well guys, we stunk the place up tonight. Glad to get that one out of the way.

    • syrin23
      12:38 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Out rebounded. Really bad on the boards.

    • Luether
      1:55 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      That won’t cut it at Auburn or at Tenn…

    • catsarerunnin
      7:42 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say we have already played AT Auburn and won…

    • KYjellyRoll
      8:25 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Auburn comes to rupp*

  3. Ridge Runner
    11:26 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Typical late season game against not so good team which knows they can only try and beat ya physically. Refs let it get crazy at times.

    • bigbluenationmbb
      11:28 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yep totally agree tho Travis getting hurt is bs but it’s only a sprain so hopefully he is back healthy for Saturday

    • StayBlue
      11:36 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed RR.

    • runningunnin.454
      11:39 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Won’t know how serious it is til he has the MRI. Lachman test during physical exam is not conclusive.

    • Yes, we have to have him in the tourney, plus, I don’t want him to be out so long he possibly gets rusty.

  4. Ridge Runner
    11:30 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Am I reading this box score right? We got out rebounded. Yikes. Of course many were long bounces off missed 3s but still.

  5. Well, if we’re going to sleep walk through a game after such a huge win Saturday, I’m glad it was an awful team like Mizzou.

  6. BBNDan7
    11:34 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    I think I’d rather play the warriors than play at Mizzou ever again.

  7. mashburnfan1
    11:35 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Washington looked like a cramp but hope Travis is OK. That looked bad they way the knee area bent to the side. Thank goodness it was a team as bad as Mizzou we played, that was an ugly game. Surprised KSR was not talking about this being Mizzous’ Superbowl and loved how they did the UK coming to town theme tonight. Instead of a gold out or black out they did an empty seat out. Gave out shirts that looked like empty seats for the fans to wear. Genius move and looked authentic, for those that blame refs {usually days before the game} please note that 2 of their starters had 2 fouls 5 minutes in and we shot 22 ft’s to their 7. Sadly we sort of needed that advantage to beat a team that does not have one starter who would start for any of the top 20 teams in the Country. I get it being a letdown game and all but that game should have been a 25 pointer with subs getting lots of time.

    • StayBlue
      11:38 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      No one is blaming refs for our lack of play or the way you describe. We are saying there were times where they let it get crazy. Chippy and too much pushing.

    • cking
      11:41 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      GTFO..did you see the effort from the Tennessee team during the Vanderbilt game?

      This team got up by 20 and took the gas off…
      Everyone was probably worried about Reid.

      Your over analyzing won’t hunt on this one.

    • He’s not over analyzing. He is not a UK fan.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:47 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      I would’ve been so disappointed if mashburnfan hadn’t put his two cents in, even though I never read his BS anymore. Just a sad clown.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:51 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      But he has season tickets CG. Guess his life wasn’t miserable enough and needed to attend games of a loser program coached by a loser coach just to give him something to complain about.

    • bigbluebanana
      11:58 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, nicely said CG and 4ever

    • runningunnin.454
      11:59 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan just lives for the nights that UK plays poorly. He tarnishes the name of a great UK player.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:45 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Bashburn/Excuses/BigolBlew/Slater had to turn off the volume of his 80s style TV during the game so not to wake up mommy.

  8. cking
    11:37 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    I sure hope Reid is Ok…
    I hope he is back by the Tennessee game.

    Best case scenario is Reid gets healed up and Nick & Ej get some valuable playing time down the stretch!

  9. a21CATSfan
    11:47 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    It may be a blessing in disguise if Reid Travis has to miss a game or two. Cal HAS TO get some more consistent production from Nick or EJ. We have to have a 7 footer(ish) that can hang with another teams tall, long, athletic guys. LSU killed us and Tilmon had his way as well tonight. Good road win! CATS

    • runningunnin.454
      12:03 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Good points a21Cat and cking; did you see that move by Nick under the bucket? Then he goes MIA.
      Keldon was MIA tonight, too.

  10. michaelb
    1:11 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

    I really hate that team . I hate Zeit Guist even more , what a doosh canoe . He just plain ol looks like a doosh nozzle . He is absolutely is in the top 2 most punchable faces I’ve ever seen .

    • RealCatsFan
      7:59 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

      I said on the live blog that he looks like a Jersey Shore reject.