Jacksonville, Fla. (LEX 18) — With a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line, Kentucky was again without PJ Washington (foot sprain) against Wofford.
Early on, you could tell this was going to be a competitive matchup for the Wildcats, as the Terriers jumepd out to an 8-4 lead, before UK countered with a 7-3 run to knot it up at 11 with 11:49 to play in the first half.
Wofford, the country’s second ranked three-point shooting team, started the game shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc, helping them take a 16-15 lead with 7:41 remaining in the half.
The Terriers would go on a quick 5-0 run to extend their lead to 21-15, forcing Coach Cal to call a timeout with 5:03 left in the half.
Kentucky would close the half on a 10-2 run, taking a 28-26 lead into halftime.
Kentucky and Wofford traded baskets to open the second half. Jemarl Baker hits a three to tie the game up at 35 with 15:13 left to play.
At the media timeout, Reid Travis went to the bench to have his right knee stretched out, the same knee he sprained against Missouri last month.
It wouldn’t phase the Cats, as they would go on an 8-0 run to take its largest lead of the game, 45-37 with 12:02 to play.
Kentucky would maintain that lead, but Keldon Johnson would pick up his fourth foul with 7:49 to play. UK still on top 50-44.
Nathan Hoover is keeping Wofford in it. His fourth three of the game pulls the Terriers to within 3, but Tyler Herro comes up big hitting a three on the other end. Kentucky hanging on 57-51 with 3:36 to play.
Wofford cuts the Kentucky lead to 2 with 37 second left after a putback lay in. UK up 58-56.
Reid Travis would sink a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game, icing it for Kentucky and punching its ticket to the Sweet 16 with a 62-56 win.