No. 23 Kentucky Falls at Florida

Cal says team "reverted" in regular season finale loss


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UK Athletics) – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points and dished out four assists, but No. 23 Kentucky lost at Florida 80-67 on Saturday at Exactech Arena.

Kentucky (21-10, 10-8 SEC) also got 14 points from Kevin Knox, while Quade Green and PJ Washington each had 11. Washington also had a team-high seven rebounds for the Cats.

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Florida (20-11, 11-7) hit 28 of its 57 shots (49.1 percent) from the floor, including 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Kentucky made 24 of its 58 attempts (41.4 percent) from the field, including six of 16 (37.5 percent) from behind the arc. The Gators made 14 of 20 (70 percent) at the free throw line, while Kentucky made 13 of 22 (59.1 percent) from the charity stripe.

Florida scored the first four points of the game, but Kentucky scored the next five to take an early one-point lead. The game would be tied 9-9 and 14-14 before Florida went on a 6-0 run to lead 20-14 with 10:09 left in the half.

Kentucky would cut the lead to three, 20-17, but Florida scored the next eight points, taking a 28-17 lead with 6:06 left in the half. The Wildcats cut the lead to 30-22 on a three-pointer by Quade Green, but the Gators answered with a 15-6 stretch, taking their biggest lead, 45-28, in the process. Florida would lead 48-33 at the break.

Florida made its first six shots from the floor in the second half, extending its lead to 62-39 in the process. But Kentucky tightened the defense and began to make shots of its own, assembling a 17-3 run to cut the Florida lead to 65-56 with 6:48 left in the game.

However, Florida had the answer, in the form of a 10-1 run that put the game away. Kentucky would get back within 11 points, 76-65, on a jumper by Knox, but the Wildcats would get no closer.

Kentucky returns to action on either Thursday or Friday in the SEC Tournament, which will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas