Cats Make Just 2 FG in Final 13 Minutes, Fall to Baylor
No. 3 Kentucky initially overcame a slow start—a game slow to start and one that was slow once it started—but the Wildcats could not hold off No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Bears won 67-62 on a game that tipped off Friday night and concluded Saturday morning.
The Bears (8-1) are now 2-1 against the Wildcats over the last three seasons. Kentucky’s one win came in the Elite Eight in Atlanta during the 2012 NCAA tournament.
The game Friday didn’t even start until about 11:20 p.m. ET. The game was part of a Kentucky-Baylor doubleheader between the women’s and men’s basketball teams. The women’s teams tipped off first at 7:30 p.m. ET, and that game didn’t end after regulation. It didn’t end after one overtime, either. Or two. Or three. The Wildcats, behind Jennifer O’Neill’s 43 points, eventually won 133-130 in four overtimes. It was the highest-scoring game in Division I history, and O’Neill’s 43 were the most in school history, topping Valerie Still’s existing record of 42 in a single game.
So by the time Matthew Mitchell’s squad had left the floor and the mandatory half-hour-or-so had elapsed between games, the two men’s teams eventually tipped off.
The Bears took a 16-7 lead less than five minutes into the game. It would be their largest lead of the game, though, and Kentucky (7-2) worked their way into an eventual tie at 27-all with about seven minutes left in the first half. An up-and-down first half ended with a 38-35 Wildcats advantage on Andrew Harrison’s three with 19 seconds to go before the buzzer.
A few times in the second half, Kentucky held a nine-point lead. It happened as late as 50-41 with 13:08 to play on a Julius Randle dunk, but Baylor came back.
Randle finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. After scoring a double-double in his first seven games, tying a school record for double-doubles to start a season (not to mention a career), Randle has now fallen short of 10 and 10 in two games in a row.
Randle had 16 points, leading the Wildcats. Andrew Harrison had 15 points, andJames Young both had 14 to complete the list of three Kentucky players in double figures. Kenny Chery led the Bears with 18 points and a team-high five assists.
KyForward.com was not in Arlington, Texas to cover this game. This report was compiled via television coverage.
Photo: UK Coach John Calipari