NCAAB Game Recap - Utah Valley at Kentucky
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:00 PM EST

ChaSo
46
MSU
94
F
UtVal
74
KY
82
F
Stetsn
51
OhSt
86
F
TexSA
50
UtSt
82
F
Colg
62
Aub
91
F
UCIrv
53
Colora
69
F
Wilbe
79
SCSt
103
F
N CO
61
WVU
69
F
(N/A)
39
NFla
115
F
Presb
53
ND
63
F
SMU
59
Evans
57
F
CarBi
57
Troy
84
F
W&M
70
Okla
75
F
Monm
50
Pitt
63
F
Hartfo
50
Oakl
60
F
Bry
73
Niag
62
F
App
41
UNCG
55
F
LongI
92
DelSt
84
F
MidTN
72
CoCar
93
F
(N/A)
58
CenMI
115
F
FaDi
65
Army
81
F
USC-Up
45
Akr
76
F
Eccle
55
South
121
F
(N/A)
51
McNee
103
F
HiPt
51
Belm
90
F
(N/A)
68
Leh
87
F
Campv
66
W Ky
109
F
(N/A)
61
E IL
114
F
SIU-E
56
SDak
71
F
JackSt
58
TxSt
73
F
Longw
48
NIU
65
F
Bacon
38
UMKC
111
F
Woff
56
Mizzu
75
F
HI
53
Ill
66
F
AF
54
TCU
65
F
MTTec
74
Mont
72
F
(N/A)
65
TNSt
99
F
AbCh
58
UNLV
72
F
PVAM
50
Cal
54
F
S UT
61
UCLA
76
F

Nov 18, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Utah Valley (3-2)

27

47

74

(9) Kentucky (3-1)

35

47

82

No. 9 Kentucky gets another scare, holds off Utah Valley
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:45 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari breathed a sigh of relief after his team survived another scare.

Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 9 Kentucky fought through another close game against what should have been a lesser opponent, beating Utah Valley 82-74 on Monday night.

"I'm happy we won," Calipari said. "This season as long as it goes and being here and knowing how teams play against us, and how they're charged up and then the next game they don't play as well ... whew. I was trying to be as positive as I could be until the end. I couldn't take it anymore."

The Wildcats (3-1) dropped out of the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after losing at home to Evansville last week, and they had to overcome a late surge to hold off the Wolverines.

Kentucky led by 16 points early in the second half, but Utah Valley steadily chipped away until T.J. Washington's 3-pointer got the Wolverines (3-2) within one at 68-67 with 3:26 remaining. Nate Sestina responded with a three-point play that helped the Wildcats pull away.

"We knew that coming in here Kentucky was going to be amped up and they were," Utah Valley coach Mark Madsen said. "Kentucky did a fantastic job of executing their game plan and really making big plays down the stretch."

Kentucky was without second-leading scorer Immanuel Quickley, who sat out because of a chest injury. Quickley has scored 16 points in each of the last two games.

The Wildcats also have been without forward EJ Montgomery, who has missed the past three games because of an ankle injury. Coupled with Quickley's injury, Kentucky's roster has dwindled to seven scholarship players, leaving the Wildcats short-handed in practice.

"We are who we are right now," Calipari said. "We are what the score says we are. ... We got to get E.J. back, got to get Immanuel back and figure out what we are."

Hagans also has battled a leg injury this season, but he has remained consistent.

"I was just staying focused," Hagans said. "I was just staying in the gym and shooting and when I got the chance, I attacked the basket. If my teammates are open, I got them some shots, got everybody involved and play my role."

Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrese Maxey added 14 points for Kentucky.

Washington led the Wolverines with 22 points, followed by Trey Woodbury with 17 and Jamison Overton with 10.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats are used to shooting free throws and averaged 29.7 attempts per game in their first three. Kentucky made 31 of 34 from the line against the Wolverines, including 14 of 15 in the first half. The Wildcats held a 46-27 edge in rebounding, including 34 on the defensive end.

Utah Valley: Just as Evansville did in its upset, the Wolverines spread the floor and forced the Wildcats to play defense in the open court. The Wolverines made 11 3-pointers to keep the game close.

"Those 3s that they made, gave them a chance to win," Calipari said. "And then we had to come back and make free throws, which we did."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wildcats play two more games this week and could move up a spot or two with three victories, although games like this will surely give voters pause. The Wildcats don't play a ranked opponent again until they take on No. 10 Ohio State at Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

UP NEXT

Utah Valley hosts Lamar on Thursday.

Kentucky hosts Mount St. Mary's on Friday.

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Leaders

Utah Valley PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Washington 22 0 5 5 0 0
T. Woodbury 17 0 1 3 0 0
Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Hagans 26 0 6 5 1 1
N. Richards 21 0 0 10 0 1

Team Comparison

UtVal KY
Points For 74 82
Field Goals 26/64-41% 25/57-44%
Three Pointers 11/31-35% 1/12-8%
Free Throws 11/18-61% 31/34-91%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 18 34
Rebounds 30 49
Blocks 5 2
Steals 4 2
Turnovers 7 14
Personal Fouls 24 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - KY Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 UtVal 74 @ KY 82 B. Morley 2 K. Whitney 4

Game Information

Stadium: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 18,859
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