- Monday, November 23 1998 -
(at Cincinnati, OH)
Kentucky - 97 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
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Wright State - 75 (Head Coach: Ed Schilling) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 40, Wright State 32
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 18. (All Rights Reserved)
Man Bites Dog! Masiello Starts!:
In a calculated move to discipline Wayne Turner and Heshimu Evans, UK Coach Tubby Smith started Steve Masiello at shooting guard and Tayshaun Prince at small forward against the Wright State Raiders at the Crown in Cincinnati. 4th rated Kentucky prevailed 97-75 despite a great deal of insipid play early on.
It started off badly when 6'5" forward Sherman Curry got the opening tap over 6'11" Michael Bradley. After several WS misses, UK got the ball but was called for a 3 second violation. Bradley was fouled and hit a FT to give UK a 1-0 lead. But Prince goaltended a Curry shot to give WS a 2-1 edge. Bradley hit 1 FT, then a nice lob layup was made to Curry for a 4-2 WS margin. Prince tied it on a reverse layup, but Brooks made a bank shot to go up 6-4. Bradley next had 3 dunks on 3 UK possessions while the Raiders were shut down, and the Cats let 10-6 at the initial TV timeout. Magloire came into the game (his 1st Wildcat appearance of the season), and the margin varied from 2 to 4 pts for the Cats over the next several minutes. May hit 2 FTs to make it 14-12, then he added a single FT, and a dunk to make it 15-14 WS. A lob dunk by Brooks extended the Raider lead to 17-14, and then UK decided to win the game. Evans drove for a layup, Bradley gave the Cats back the lead at 18-16, and Smith nailed a 3.
Wright State kept it close, however, and minutes later after May FTs and a Curry layup it was 34-30 UK. Evans hit a big 3, and Allison added a FT, to make it 40-30. May got a layup to provide the final scoring of the half, which saw Kentucky cling to a 40-32 lead. There had been 9 Wildcat lineups tried in the 1st half, with the Cats appearing very nonchalant at times. They didn't protect the ball particularly well either - Wright State had 10 steals and there were a total of 14 Wildcat turnovers. Turner and Evans were back in the starting lineup in the 2nd half (along with Prince, Padgett, and Bradley), and they quickly got down to business. Padgett made 2 FTs, Turner had a layup, and Bradley put back a Turner miss for a 46-32 edge. Minutes later, just before the next TV timeout, Prince made an inside basket for a 52-36 margin. After Norville got a dunk to make it 52-38, the Cats scored 9 straight to go up 61-40.
During this surge, Wright State Coach Ed Shilling got a technical foul for complaining to the refs and being out of the coaching box (Padgett made the FT) and very nearly got a 2nd technical. Turner and Curry exchanged FGs, as did Evans and Brooks, and by the next TV timeout it was 65-46 Wildcats. Minutes later, following a Curry 3, Brooks made a layup and was fouled by Allison. He made the FT, to make the score 72-56 [JNB note - UK Radio Network announcer Ralph Hacker, however, said the FT was waved off from a lane violation, and he didn't correct himself for the remainder of the game, causing me considerable confusion when recording the score for the rest of the contest.] Smith broke away from the pack and had a rare dunk for a 74-56 edge. Curry and Allison exchanged buckets, then Allison got a layup and Camara got a hook, and it was 78-58 UK. The margin flickered between 18 and 20 pts until Turner got a FG and a quick layup off a steal for an 86-62 margin. By the last TV timeout it was 91-66 Kentucky, their largest lead of the night. Tackett was finally inserted into the game, and following a May FG and a Brooks 3, Myron Anthony was the last Wildcat off the bench to come into the game. Camara and Brooks exchanged baskets, Holmes got a layup and Camara hit a bank shot, to make it 95-7. Finally Anthony got a fingerroll basket and the final score was 97-75 Kentucky.
Michael Bradley dunks
Jamaal Magloire (#42) grabs the ball