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Wildcats lose dramatic SEC tournament final on Florida's last-second defensive stop


ATLANTA — Kentucky dug itself a hole so deep, it was going to take something remarkable and nearly unprecedented for this year’s Wildcats to come back and win the SEC tournament on Sunday afternoon. They fell one possession short, losing 61-60 to the No. 1 Gators, who are now all but assured the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.

 

Kentucky scored 14 unanswered points midway through the second half, cutting the No. 1 Gators’ lead to one point. Florida answered, but Kentucky got back to one point at 61-60 on the final possession. Out of a Kentucky timeout, Andrew Harrison ran the clock down to about five seconds, drove and pitched back to James Young, who was curling around from the corner.

 

Young slipped and never got a handle on the ball. Nobody ever really recovered the ball, and the clock expired. Kentucky had lost. In less than an hour, it would forget all about the game; the NCAA tournament selection show was coming right up.


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