- Tuesday, December 8 1992 -
Eastern Kentucky - 73 (Head Coach: Mike Calhoun) - [Unranked]
Kentucky - 82 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Ranked 3rd by AP]
Halftime Score: Eastern Kentucky 37, Kentucky 35
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 2 No. 22. (All Rights Reserved)
Kentucky dodged a great big bullet last night in defeating Eastern Kentucky 82-73. UK was almost completely outplayed from beginning to end, and should have lost to the Colonels who were totally prepared and psyched out of their minds. It was only some heroic 3 point shooting at the end by Jeff Brassow combined with a tremendous block and defensive effort by Dale Brown which prevented the Wildcats from going down.
Eastern led throughout the first half, although the Cats whittled the lead down to 37-35 at intermission (after trailing by as many as *13* points, folks). A quick 8-0 surge to start the second half allowed UK to take the lead, but determined defense and dogged persistence on offense enabled EKU to pass Kentucky yet again. Poor UK shot selection and great impatience on offense contributed to the Kentucky woes (the Wildcats must have expected to win by at least 20, and almost certainly were looking past Eastern to the matchup with Louisville next Saturday night).
With Eastern leading by 1 with less than 3 minutes left, UK finally kicked into high gear, traded baskets with EKU, then with just over a minute left, got the ball to Jeff Brassow. His long 3 pointer missed, but a great save by Mashburn which was kicked out to Brassow enabled him to take an even longer 3 pointer which hit. Another Brassow 3 with 23 seconds left sealed the win. Kentucky was very very very lucky in this one.
Jamal Mashburn had a career night, scoring 38 points and grabbing 19 rebounds (for much of the game, he *was* the UK offense), getting 3 steals, and making one assist. Despite this, he looked lethargic at times and missed several easy layups or putback attempts, and Pitino in his post-game show said he wasn't too happy with Jamal's play, despite the tremendous scoring effort. Mashburn again started extremely slowly for Kentucky.
Both Rodney Dent and Roderick Rhodes tried very hard to repeat the success they had in earlier games, but failed to do so. Dale Brown played well, particularly defensively, and although he is bruised, he said that his rib injury isn't very serious.
Travis Ford (#5) drives past EKU's Brad Divine
Jamal Mashburn (#24) is defended by EKU's Chris Brown