- Thursday, March 23 1995 -
NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinals (at Birmingham, AL)
Kentucky - 97 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Final Rank 2nd by AP]
Arizona State - 73 (Head Coach: Bill Frieder) - [Final Rank 16th by AP]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 42, Arizona State 34
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 37. (All Rights Reserved)
Kentucky Enjoys Banquet of Veal, Capers, and Bacon:
The Cats continue to win on cruise control, blowing out 5th seed Arizona State by a 97-73 score in the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Birmingham, Alabama. The Cats never trailed, and shot a hot 56% for FGs and 50% for 3 pointers.
Tony Delk recovered from his earlier NCAA slump to lead the Cats with 26 points on 11-18 FG shooting, and he had 3-5 3 point shots. Freshman Antoine Walker grabbed 10 rebounds, and Rhodes kicked in 8 assists while Anthony Epps managed 7. And (will wonders never cease?) Andre Riddick hit 3 of 5 FTs, and actually looked *good* doing it. The Cats managed to connect on 60.0% of their FGs in the 2nd half.
UK burst out to a 6-1 lead which ASU promptly trimmed to 6-4, but then the Cats followed it with a spurt to go up 11-4. ASU again closed to within 11-10, but a heavy UK press and solid shooting enabled the Wildcats to charge to a 25-15 lead on slashes by Rhodes, a long Delk 3, a Riddick layup, a Delk spin shot, a Delk 3, and an Epps layup on an inbounds play. ASU still stayed close, however, on shots by Brewer, a Bennett FT, and a Bennett dunk to stay nearby at 29-24.
UK again managed a 10 point lead at 34-24 after a Rhodes old- fashioned 3 point play, but ASU got a couple of FTs by Bennett to stay close. Rhodes was held by Burton while attempting to breakaway downcourt, and a foul was called but no deliberate foul. Rhodes made his FTs, Bennett dunked, then hit a 3, then Veal hit a 3, and suddenly ASU was within 39-34 with about 4 seconds remaining. Rod Rhodes, however, managed to get off a 3 as the buzzer sounded, to give UK a 42-34 halftime edge. Rhodes had 14 points by halftime.
UK began the 2nd half by stealing the ball and ending with a Rhodes to Riddick assist for a dunk. The lead grew to 20 points at 56-36 after Riddick hit 2 FTs (really!), McCarty hit 2 FTs, Delk hit a 16 footer, Delk hit 2 FTs, and Delk hit on a brilliant spin move. ASU finally managed a long Burton 3 pointer, but the margin was basically settled. ASU never got closer than 14 points the rest of the game. Delk and Burton exchanged 3s (with one scored by Veal), but ASU turnovers mounted and Kentucky enjoyed a 83-55 lead after a UK steal and Riddick layup. After Delk hit a 15 footer for his 26th point, to make the score 85-58, CBS decided it had enough and switched to another game. UK at one point led 92-61 with 2:14 left in the game, but ASU closed with a 12-5 spurt to make the final margin 97-73.