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UK Leads at Missouri at the Half Behind Washington and Herro

Missouri’s Kevin Puryear, left, defends as Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson, right, tries to pull in a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Kentucky taking its new No. 4 ranking to Columbia, Mo on Tuesday night to face a Missouri team just 12-12 overall, 3-9 in the SEC.

The Wildcats went on an early 10-2 run thanks, in part, to three pointers from P.J. Washington and Tyler Herro. Kentucky would lead 10-5.

After Missouri went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-10 lead, the Wildcats quickly got the lead back as Travis Reid hit Washington for a slam. Then, Herro went on his own seven point scoring run. He hit two free throws, a finger roll and then a three pointer to put UK in front 19-11.

P.J. Washington then had his own five point run as he followed up an E.J. Montgomery miss for a lay-up. Then, he knocked down his second three pointer in as many tries. UK would extend the lead to 27-17.

P.J. went on another scoring run later with a floater that went off glass and then a 15 footer to put the Wildcats up 36-21.

Nick Richards finished off the first half with an alley-oop slam off a pass from Immanuel Quickley and he was fouled.

UK would take a 41-23 lead into the break. Washington and Herro combined for 25 points with the UK sophomore pouring in 15 on 6-10 shooting from the field. The UK freshman added 10. Both players also combined to hit 4-of-8 three pointers in the half.

Keith Farmer

Keith Farmer

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