- Tuesday, January 11 2000 -
Kentucky - 63 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 20th by AP]
|J. P. Blevins||20||1||3||0||2||0||0||0||2||2||2||0||0||0||1||2|
Auburn - 66 (Head Coach: Cliff Ellis) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
|Daymeon Fishback (*)||34||7||12||3||6||0||0||1||3||4||3||1||0||0||2||17|
|Julius "Doc" Robinson||31||8||11||1||2||1||5||1||1||2||0||9||2||0||1||18|
Halftime Score: Auburn 36, Kentucky 28
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 72 - 52|||||South Carolina 64 - 48|
Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Babette McConnell; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
Auburn wins 63-66
Auburn dominated much of the first half and took off to an early lead. Chris Porter showcased his All America skills and proved unstoppable. At one point, the Tigers extended their lead to 14 before Kentucky began battling back. UK trailed by 8 at the half.
In the second half, Kentucky went on a 12-2 scoring run to take the lead. Led by strong play by Prince, Camara and Magloire, Kentucky led by as many as 6 before Porter and company closed the gap and regained the led with under 2 minutes to go. Auburn went up by three with Doc Robinson's only three pointer of the evening. Kentucky had a chance to tie on a three point shot by Prince. Prince was clearly fouled but no call was made and the ball fell short of the rim. Bogans fought for the ball and was fouled. The frosh iced both free throws but the Cats still trailed by one. J.P. Blevins fouled Scott Pohlman with just over 10 seconds on the clock. The Auburn junior iced both free throws and gave the Tigers a three point lead and their first victory over Kentucky since Rick Pitino's first season at Kentucky with a final score of 66-63.
Auburn All America Chris Porter led all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Jamaal Magloire led the way for Kentucky with 16 points. Tayshaun Prince tossed in 15 and Jules Camara had 8. Kentucky shot a dismal 38% and went 2/18 behind the arc. Red hot free throw shooting kept the Cats in the contest as they shot a sizzling 15/16. Auburn shot 47% in their winning effort. Auburn kept its spot atop the SEC west with a 14-1 record while Kentucky fell to 10-5 for the year.
A few positives to take away from tonight's game. The Cats kept their composure in a tough road game and battled back from a 14 point deficit against the no. 4 team in the nation. Jules Camara played very well making some key buckets and working the glass well. Shooting 15/16 from the stripe on the road is phenomenal and kept the Cats in the game.
Kentucky's next game is on the road once again as they travel to Columbia to battle a much improved South Carolina Gamecock team.