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After blowing second-half lead, Wildcats hold on for overtime win at Texas A&M


Staff report

 

UK scored eight of its 10 points in overtime at the free throw line to hold on for a 72-68 win versus Texas A&M.

 

The Wildcats never trailed in the game, and Texas A&M’s first tie of the second half did not come until Elston Turner hit a jumper with 1.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

 

UK freshman forward Nerlens Noel hit a jumper to open overtime before the Wildcats closed the game making eight of 10 free throws. Senior guard Julius Mays hit six of seven free throws, sophomore forward Kyle WIltjer hit both his attempts and Noel made one of two attempts.

 

Turner missed a three pointer that would have tied the game with five seconds left in overtime, and Mays hit his final free throw with one second remaining to ice the win.

 

The Wildcats held Texas A&M to 39.3 percent shooting in the game, though the Aggies made 57.7 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half to send the game to overtime. Texas A&M made just two of 12 three-point field goals in the game but hit 18 of 19 free throws in the contest.

 

Julius Mays. (Photo from UK Athletics)

One game after setting a UK single-game record with 12 blocks while scoring just two points, freshman forward Noel tied for the team lead with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Mays also scored 19 points in the game. Wiltjer joined the duo in double figures with 10 points.

 

Turner, who scored 40 points in the teams’ first meeting, finished the game with 21 points on 7-of-23 shooting. After making six threes in Texas A&M’s previous win at Rupp Arena, Turner made just one-of-seven three-point attempts Saturday.

 

UK led by eight points at 60-52 with 3:47 remaining in regulation, but Texas A&M used a 10-2 run, capped off by Turner’s jumper with 1.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

 

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