Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sports

Twins rescue Kentucky from shocker

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky trailed Cleveland State by 10 late in the game, and that was all the motivation Andrew Harrison needed to break out of his funk.

With some added incentive from Wildcats coach John Calipari, the freshman point guard also forgot about playing with four fouls and got aggressive.

Harrison had two three-point plays, including one that broke a tie at 57 with 2:08 left, before twin brother Aaron followed with a 3-pointer with 1:20 left that helped No. 3 Kentucky rally past the stubborn Vikings 68-61 on Monday night.

"I feel like I was letting my teammates down pretty much, getting those fouls in the first half and not being as aggressive as I should be," Andrew Harrison said. "This is definitely, hopefully, a turning point."

With the Wildcats behind 54-44 with 7:41 left, the brothers helped Kentucky close with a 24-7 run that included two lobs from Andrew Harrison to Willie Cauley-Stein for dunks. Andrew Harrison's first three-point play with 3:55 left tied it at 54.

After Bryn Forbes' 3-pointer gave Cleveland State a 57-56 lead, Cauley-Stein hit a free throw and Andrew Harrison followed with a drive and free throw to put the Wildcats ahead to stay.

"We kind of faltered at the end," Vikings coach Gary Waters said. "That's something we need to get better at. I asked them in the locker room what happened at the end and they came up with all sorts of answers. I said one thing happened: 'We were undisciplined at the end.' "

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 65, WYOMING 50: Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 20 points, and Aaron Craft had all 10 of his during a 13-4 second-half surge by the host Buckeyes (5-0).

NO. 8 SYRACUSE 75, MINNESOTA 67: C.J. Fair had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Orange (5-0) held on in the first round of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

NO. 12 WICHITA ST. 90, DEPAUL 72: Ron Baker had 21 points to lead the Shockers (6-0) at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 110, UMKC 51: DeAndre Kane had 20 points and eight rebounds, and the host Cyclones (5-0) used a 27-0 run midway through the first half to put away the Kangaroos.

NO. 18 BAYLOR 93, CHAMINADE 77: Gary Franklin had 20 points for the Bears (5-0), who overcame a 42-point effort from the Silverswords' Christophe Varidel at the Maui Invitational.

ARIZ. ST. 79, NO. 25 MARQUETTE 77: Jahii Carson scored 23 and Jordan Bachynski swatted Derrick Wilson's runner at the buzzer for his seventh block, helping the host Sun Devils hold off the Golden Eagles (3-2).

NEW MEXICO ST. 79, B-CU 56: Tshilidzi Nephawe scored 18, and the host Aggies pulled away from the Wildcats (2-4) in the second half.

AP POLL: Michigan State remained a runaway No. 1. No. 15 Florida moved up one spot. No. 23 Iowa and No. 24 Massachusetts entered, replacing VCU and New Mexico.

Women

NO. 8 MARYLAND 69, DREXEL 63: Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the host Terrapins (5-1), who survived the Dragons' second-half surge.

NO. 17 S.C. 70, USC 50: Tiffany Mitchell had a career-high 22 points and added six rebounds for the visiting Gamecocks (7-0).

AP POLL: UConn remained the unanimous No. 1.

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