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Quade hit the game-winner, but Shai kept Kentucky in the game

As he so often does, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the one to light a fire under Kentucky tonight. When nothing else worked, Shai went to work, pulling Kentucky out of a fourteen-point deficit in the second half to force overtime. Shai finished with a career-high 30 points, 22 in the second half, which Kenny Payne said is proof the freshman has what it takes to will the Cats to victory.

“For that kid to come out and fight the way that he did for us to win says a lot about him,” Payne said in the postgame presser. “There was adversity throughout the game for him, but he kept fighting.”

Shai’s biggest strength is getting to the basket, and on a night when the Cats were suffering from a Morgantown hangover, he took matters into his own hands.

“All year, he’s been really good at getting in the lane,” Payne said. “We chart lane touches, and every game, he’s our number one guy that touches the lane. He’s a really good player. He’s hungry. He’s a high-character kid who comes to work every day and smiles. He’s the example of why you come to this school to develop and learn and be the best.”

Quade Green may have hit the game-winner, but let it be known that Shai was the reason Kentucky stayed in the game at all. The backcourt brothers embraced in the locker room afterwards:

Let me hear you, BBN:

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4 Comments for Quade hit the game-winner, but Shai kept Kentucky in the game



  1. Lip Man 1
    12:20 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    UK is now 5-2 in games this year decided by five points or less.

    The good news is they are 5-2 in these games.

    The bad news is they should NEVER have been in that position in the first place in most of these games…not with their talent…and not with who they were playing.



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:23 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      Oh my god, shut the f**k up… You do this after every game.



    • Eazy
      10:11 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

      We have the 5th hardest schedule in the country so I’ll take 5-2 any day in close games.



  2. BBNBRIAN
    6:41 am January 31, 2018 Permalink

    I love seeing Shai’s name shooting up the draft boards. He’s as good as gone after this performance and I wish him the best! I was a doubter of Cal putting SGA at the 1, but wow!