- Monday, November 24 1997 -
Maui Classic Invitational (at Lahaina, HI)
Kentucky - 70 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 9th by AP]
George Washington - 55 (Head Coach: Mike Jarvis) - [Unranked]
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 33, George Washington 17
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|Morehead 88 - 49|||||Arizona 74 - 89|
Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 13. (All Rights Reserved)
Kentucky defeated George Washington 70-55 in its 1st round in the Maui Classic. After the 1st 2 minutes of play, Kentucky led for the rest of the game, although sloppy play towards the end permitted GW to erase much of the earlier scoring margin held by the Cats.
A 3 by Edwards put Kentucky up permanently at 5-4. The lead was extended to 8-4 after a Sheppard FT and Mohammed turnaround shot. GW stayed within 2-4 pts until Turner hit Edwards for a beautiful lob dunk to make it 12-8 (Turner became airborne too soon, and Edwards really had to reach to make the catch) and Turner had a drive to make it 14-8. Later Padgett hit a pair of FTs to make it 18-12. Kentucky scored the next 13 straight pts to go up 31-12 after an Evans pass for a Bradley dunk. Rogers of GW finally hit a 3 to end the scoring drought, with Bradley and Mescheriakov finishing the scoring for each team as the Wildcats managed a 33-17 halftime lead. GW's leading scorer had only 4 pts by intermission.
In the 3rd period, Mohammed made 1 of 2 FTs to make it 36-20, and when Edwards hit Padgett for a layup to make it 38-20, the Colonials appeared rattled and called a timeout. UK had its largest lead of the night at 43-21 when Sheppard made a pair of FTs, but the Cats appeared to relax a bit and allowed GW to close to within 43-27 before Mills hit a 3. Bradley and Mescheriakov concluded 3rd quarter scoring with a 12 footer and a 19 footer respectively, to make it 52-32 UK after 3.
Tenacity in the 4th allowed GW to cut the margin to 55-39 after an Eyal long 2, and a Rogers long 3 later made it 57-42. Turner hit a 3, then Rogers (all of 5'4") made an incredible drive through the lane and avoided all blocks to hit a FG making it 60-44. When Rogers hit another long 3 (UK was guarding well at the 3 pt line, but Rogers was a good 1-2 steps farther out) made it 61-47, and an Iturbe put back closed it to 61-49. A few minutes later an Iturbe layup closed it to 64-53, but that was as close as George Washington would get during their rally. Turner made 1 FT and Mills made 2, then Turner got a dunk and it was 69-53 with only minutes left. Iturbe got a tip in basket, and Sheppard made 1 FT to finish the scoring, and Kentucky survived a rather poor shooting night to win 70-55.
Allen Edwards with the slam