Hagans steller with 14 points.
Lexington, Kentucky, February 23, 2019 – Michael Miller, Bluegrass Sports Nation
The Wildcats 22-4/Tigers 18-8 match up today to a packed house in Lexington’s Rupp Arena. The Cats came into this game without Reid Travis (out with a sprained knee). E.J. Montgomery and Nick Richards would be key and have to help out on both ends of the court for the Cats.
The first half P.J. Washington was lighting it up early. Washington had 11 points at the 11:50 mark of the first half. Ashton Hagans, Washington, and Tyler Herro each ignited the Cats with a 9-3 run to put the Cats up 10 at the 7:51 mark of the half. The Cats then exploded with a 16-2 run to put them up at the 3:47 mark, 36-23. The Tigers went on a 14-2 run to pull within 7. To close out the first half, the Cats went on a 7-0 run to go to the break at 45-31.
Overall a great first half by the Cats shooting 61% from the field and 53% from 3 point range. Washington led the Cats with 14 and Okeke lead the Tigers with 11.
The Cats started the 2nd half right where they left off with a couple early baskets by E.J. Montgomery. At the 15:42 mark of the 2nd half the Cats are up 23, 56-33. Tigers at the 11:34 mark have been on a 4:10 scoring drought shooting 1-11 for 9%. Things didn’t get any better for the Tigers, as the Cats dominated in about every facet of the game.
The Cats were lead by Washington with 24, Johnson with 17. Montgomery and Richards both had 20+ minutes in Reid’s absence. The Cats shoot 54.5% from the field for the easy victory.
The Cats next game will be Tuesday night at 9 pm in Rupp Arena against the Razorbacks of Arkansas. That game will be on the SEC network.