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: