- Wednesday, December 7 1994 -
(at Louisville, KY)
Kentucky - 73 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Ranked 7th by AP]
Indiana - 70 (Head Coach: Robert Knight) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 33, Indiana 30
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 24. (All Rights Reserved)
Wildcats Hurt a Heap of Hustling Hoosiers:
Kentucky defeated Indiana by 73-70 in Freedom Hall, to even Rick Pitino's record to 3-3 against the Hoosiers during his Kentucky tenure.
The Cats zipped off to a 4-0 start, and later expanded their lead to 7-2, but Indiana appeared to solve the Kentucky press easily at the game's start. Rodrick Rhodes picked up 2 quick fouls in the game's 1st minute, but Pitino left him in for much of the half. The refs appeared to be "letting them play" as there was much contact on rebounding and inside the lane which went uninterrupted. Indiana had control of the boards early, as they had 4 successive attempts at a shot before finally getting the basket (to close to within 7-4). Kentucky continued to have players attempt to fake shots inside the lane, only to be blocked.
Sheppard continued to contribute as he put UK up 13-8 on a layup with 14 minutes left in the half. IU scored 6 straight to take their 1st lead at 14-13 on a Henderson tap-in. The lead changed hands until UK went up 17-16 on a Pope follow-up of a McCarty blocked shot. The two teams stayed close for the next several minutes, with UK going up 26-22 on a Delk 3 which was promptly answered by an unchallenged Reed drive. The Cats led 30-25 (this was to be their greatest 1st half margin) on a Prickett putback of a missed Walker 3 pointer. Walker later connected from 3 pt range as the Cats were up 33-28, but shots by Reed and Evans pulled IU back to within 33-30 at the half. Kentucky did not have a single free throw in the 1st half.
Kentucky led 36-30 and 38-32 on a Pope FT (he missed one!) and a pair of Epps FTs, but IU tied the game at 38-38 on putback shots by Evans, Hart, and Patterson as IU controlled the offensive glass. Indiana went up 40-38 on a Henderson layup featuring no Kentucky defense whatsoever. Walker hit a terrifically long 3 to put the Cats up 41-40, but then IU took control of the game on shots by Henderson and a long 3 by Reed to go up 47-41 with 12.5 minutes left. Kentucky's press became a little better, with the Cats getting several steals but stepping on the endline or turning the ball back over. Kentucky closed to tie the game at 49-49 on tough shots and a FT by Delk, and an Epps 3. Indiana went back up by 54-52, 56-54, and 58-56 as Henderson began to take control, assisted by Evans and Patterson scoring. At one point IU had a 21-5 rebounding edge on the Cats in the second half, as many balls were tipped and seemingly perpetually batted in the air.
UK tied the game again at 60-60 and 62-62 on a shot by Walker and FTs by McCarty. After the score reached 64-62 IU on a Reed runout basket, Anthony Epps started to walk off court to inbound the ball, but Reed knocked the ball out of his hands (and high into the air) as he ran back down court to set up on defense. The officials called an immediate technical foul on him for impeding the opponents while inbounding. Epps hit both FTs to tie the game at 64-64, and Kentucky went back up 66-64 as McCarty was fouled on a drive and hit both FTs. Henderson tied the game at 66-66 on an inside shot with precious little UK defense, but the Cats led the rest of the way. After the score reached 70-69, McCarty hit a critical 3 from the side (which is almost a patented shot for him now) to put the Wildcats up 73-69 (UK would not score for the final 1.5 minutes of the game). Indiana's Reed hit 1 FT, but IU would not score for the final minute and 20 seconds, and the final was 73-70 as Reed tried and failed on a desperation 3 near the buzzer.
Tony Delk scores underneath