Kansas tops Kentucky 65-61

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – UK battled, but couldn’t defend or hit shots when needed late, in Chicago Tuesday night in the 65-61 loss to Kansas.

The Jayhawks led by one point at halftime.  The game saw 12 lead changes; 10 in the second half alone.

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Kevin Knox led all scores with 20 points, 7 rebounds.  Hamidou Diallo finished with 14 points.  Sacha Killeya-Jones had 8 points, 9 boards.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk paced the Jayhawks with a team-high 17 points.

After two sub-par showings to tip the season, Kentucky did show promise against one of the top tier teams in the nation.  Falling to KU puts UK’s all-time Champions Classic record at 4-3.

The Cats shot 42 percent from the field and held Kansas to just 35 percent.

UK tallied 10 blocks to KU’s 2, but turned the ball over 7 more times than the Jayhawks did (18 to 11).

Next up for Kentucky, the Cats return to Rupp Arena to host East Tennessee State Friday night at 7 on the SEC Network.

 

 

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com