NCAAB Game Recap - Ohio State at Kentucky
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Kansas
55
Vill
56
F
E WA
77
Gonz
112
F
OhSt
71
KY
65
F
TXSo
78
Oreg
84
F
JackSt
49
Mem
77
F
Leh
51
Aub
74
F
Colora
78
Dayt
76
F(OT)
Presb
44
Mich
86
F
E MI
48
MSU
101
F
Ariz
67
StJon
70
F
Butl
70
Purd
61
F
SoFL
60
FlaSt
66
F
SDSU
80
Utah
52
F
JacSt
53
Tenn
75
F
TexPA
58
TxTch
68
F
WVU
75
YSU
64
F
FaDi
58
LaSal
66
F
Ind
62
ND
60
F
VACom
63
WichSt
73
F
NCAT
64
Wake
76
F
Harv
88
GrgWas
75
F
Samf
71
GTown
99
F
Bry
64
Dart
60
F
(N/A)
74
USC-Up
92
F
Ida
57
SDSt
85
F
Mont
82
NebOm
87
F(OT)
Ill
56
Mizzu
63
F
(N/A)
59
Campbl
82
F
Tul
82
Tows
86
F(OT)
Boston
74
UMassL
62
F
Rider
66
Temp
78
F
(N/A)
57
Penn
105
F
MorSt
76
Ohio
82
F
TxSt
69
GASt
81
F
TexAr
74
GaSo
77
F
Maris
56
BethC
85
F
Quin
69
BGSU
64
F
Elon
80
Winth
85
F
Army
62
Merrim
82
F
UCF
52
Okla
53
F
Drake
85
AF
80
F
TXAMC
67
CenAR
71
F
(N/A)
71
TNSt
86
F
MOSt
72
Oral
82
F
WIGB
85
NIU
84
F
SeLA
76
Miss
83
F
BelAb
66
HiPt
92
F
WriSt
79
Toled
72
F
W Ky
82
URI
86
F(OT)
Tex
48
Prov
70
F
Fairf
61
Oakl
59
F(OT)
Chat
68
UNCA
64
F
Albany
70
Monm
72
F
Brad
55
MiaO
71
F
Copp
60
Mia-FL
91
F
(N/A)
45
LoyMD
72
F
Niag
72
Buff
92
F
Stony
77
Amer
74
F
ColSt
111
Tuls
104
F(3OT)
APSU
77
Duques
86
F
UtSt
65
Fla
62
F
USD
59
Stan
62
F
UCLA
64
UNC
74
F
RobM
69
UNLV
81
F
Wyo
72
Denv
66
F(OT)
App
70
Troy
65
F
Toug
77
SoMis
96
F
NOrl
79
SamH
87
F
ArkSt
62
ULMo
59
F
StBon
66
MidTN
65
F
SIU-E
55
Detr
81
F
Belm
72
Alab
92
F
Akr
67
Lib
80
F
NoAZ
73
Pepp
75
F
IlSt
70
TexSA
89
F
SEMO
45
SIU
64
F
CoCar
81
SthAL
69
F
Lamar
61
NWSt
67
F
SFA
81
McNee
73
F
VMI
55
VaTec
64
F
UMBC
53
GMas
69
F
Clev
55
ETSU
80
F
SCSt
61
Charl
73
F
Drex
53
Norf
49
F
S NO
47
LaTec
87
F
UCDav
84
USF
93
F
WIMil
64
Wisc
83
F
UAB
71
AlSt
63
F
WCU
89
TNTec
76
F
BC
64
Cal
60
F
Minn
86
OkSt
66
F
ArkPB
53
N TX
86
F
N DA
75
Nebras
74
F
NFla
70
Syr
82
F
Buck
71
Sien
81
F
(N/A)
62
FlGlf
84
F
Murr
76
Evans
78
F(OT)
InWor
59
WaSt
87
F
UtVal
65
LongB
68
F
StLou
66
KansSt
63
F
NoKY
50
UNCG
67
F
Hamp
64
Kent
103
F
ChaSo
76
E KY
69
F
UNCW
73
Vand
88
F
E IL
63
GrCan
85
F
ArkLR
69
ULLa
66
F
Nich
61
AbCh
79
F
Valpa
60
Ark
51
F
NW
78
DeP
83
F
Crei
67
AzSt
60
F
OrSt
49
TexAM
64
F
LSU
68
USC
70
F
Web
61
BYU
91
F
Cin
70
Iowa
77
F
FlaAM
71
Seatt
57
F
CSBak
72
CAPoly
50
F
IdaSt
66
Pacif
77
F
StMar
68
Nev
63
F

Dec 21, 2019, 5:47 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(5) Ohio State (11-1)

37

34

71

(6) Kentucky (8-3)

36

29

65

No. 5 Ohio State outlasts No. 6 Kentucky 71-65
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:39 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) Ohio State slid in for charges and blocked shots, dove on the floor for loose balls, jumped into passing lanes for steals.

Doing all the little things was just what the Buckeyes needed in game that felt like late March, not late December.

D.J. Carton had 13 points, Kaleb Wesson added 12 before fouling out and No. 5 Ohio State outlasted No. 6 Kentucky 71-65 in the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday.

"The counterpunches, teams going back and forth for a 40-minute grind is what we try to talk about at the beginning of the game," said Wesson, who also had eight rebounds before fouling out with 3:30 left. "I feel like we went out there with that mindset and that mentality and came out with a win."

The Buckeyes (11-1) and Wildcats (8-3) locked into a physical game befitting two top-five programs, trading shoves, elbows and body checks.

Ohio State played with second-leading scorer Duane Washington Jr. limited to eight minutes due to a rib injury, so other players had to fill the void. Carton had the ball in his hands most of the second half and delivered, hitting a 3-pointer to put Ohio State up seven with 1:17 left.

CJ Walker hit another 3 to keep Kentucky at bay and the Buckeyes hit four straight free throws in the final 18 seconds to knock off a top-10 team for the third time this season.

"I think we played fearless in those games. I think that's important for your guys to play loose and fearless, understand it's not going to be perfect," Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said. "You've got to have players that are gutsy enough to do that. I thought we responded to the emotion of the game."

Kentucky did not shoot particularly well and had no one outside of Nate Sestina who could consistently hit an outside shot.

Just as they did in a loss to Utah Wednesday in Las Vegas, the Wildcats found a way to keep the game within reach.

But, just like the Utah game, Kentucky could not finish it off, leading to an 0-for-2 trip out West.

Sestina scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, and Tyrese Maxey added 15 for the Wildcats.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the game, but we just didn't pass the ball," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We're opening up the court to drive people because everybody will collapse and when they did collapse, we shot it anyway. We're still learning."

Ohio State moved to No. 3 after winning its first nine games and was poised to move to No. 1 before losing at Minnesota.

Kentucky opened the season at No. 2, moved to No. 1 after beating Michigan State and fell from the top spot with a surprising home loss to Evansville. The Wildcats already played one game at T-Mobile Arena this week, losing 69-66 to Utah after rallying from a 17-point deficit.

Kentucky has struggled at times with its shooting and had a hard time finding the perimeter mark in the first half - except for Sestina. The graduate transfer from Bucknell matched his season total with by going 3 for 6 from 3 while his teammates went a combined 0 for 7.

Young had 10 points to give Ohio State a 37-36 halftime lead.

Sestina hit a couple of early 3s in the second half, but the rest of the Wildcats continued to clank, going four minutes without a field goal.

Kentucky still found a way to keep it close, rallying from seven down to pull within 55-54 with 6 1/2 minutes left.

The Wildcats had their chances down the stretch, but repeatedly drove into the lane for contested shots. spoiling any chance of pulling out a Las Vegas split.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State has bounced back from its lone loss of the season with a blowout over Southeast Missouri and a neutral-site win over a college basketball blue blood.

Kentucky went 0 for 2 in loss Vegas and clearly has a few issues to work out with the SEC season about to start.

SESTINA'S RETURN

Sestina was tentative in his first game from a broken left wrist, missing the one shot he took in 10 minutes against Utah. He was far more aggressive against Ohio State, finishing 6 of 11 from the floor and 5 of 8 from the 3-point arc.

"Coming back my first game from injury, I was kind of tentative, didn't want to put my hand out there in passing lanes and getting rebounds," Sestina said. "I talked with our coaching staff and they said, you just have to forget about it and play. That's what I tried to do that today"

UP NEXT

Ohio State plays West Virginia in Cleveland on Dec. 29.

Kentucky hosts rival Louisville next Saturday.

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Leaders

Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Carton 15 0 2 5 1 2
K. Young 10 0 1 6 1 1
Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Brooks Jr. 0 0 1 1 0 2
N. Sestina 17 0 1 4 0 0

Team Comparison

OhSt KY
Points For 71 65
Field Goals 22/44-50% 25/59-42%
Three Pointers 6/19-32% 7/23-30%
Free Throws 21/27-78% 8/13-62%
Offensive Rebounds 7 9
Defensive Rebounds 26 16
Rebounds 36 26
Blocks 7 3
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 16 25
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 21 OhSt 71 @ KY 65 A. Wesson 3 K. Whitney 2

Game Information

Stadium: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 12,740
Game Time: