LEXINGTON,Ky (UK Athletics) – Immanuel Quickley had 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds, but top-ranked Kentucky was upset by Evansville 67-64 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.
Kentucky (2-1) got 13 points from defending SEC Freshman of the Week Tyrese Maxey, while Nate Sestina had nine points and five rebounds for UK.
The Cats grabbed an early three-point lead, 8-5, before Evansville scored five straight to lead 10-8. The lead would change hands four times before the Aces went on a 9-0 run to take a 24-16 advantage with 6:13 to play in the first half. Kentucky would cut into the lead, but Evansville took a 34-30 advantage into the break.
Early in the second half, Evansville maintained its lead before Kentucky assembled an 11-2 run to take a 48-46 advantage with 11:17 to play. That lead lasted all of 17 seconds, as Evansville’s Shamar Givance nailed a three-pointer to give the Aces the lead back, 49-48.
Kentucky would fight back to tie the game at 53-53 with 8:00 to play on a layup by Sestina. But Evansville grabbed the advantage yet again, 56-53, on a three-pointer by K.J. Riley with 7:15 to play. The Aces would never trail again.
The Cats got within one on a layup by Maxey with eight seconds left. But a pair of Sam Cunliffe free throws with six seconds remaining sealed the upset for Evansville.
Evansville (2-0) took advantage of its opportunities from behind the arc, hitting nine of 30 from three-point land. Kentucky was able to hit just four of 16 from behind the arc. Overall, Evansville hit 23 of 60 (38.3 percent) from the floor, while Kentucky connected on 20-54 (37.0 percent) of its shots.
At the free throw line, Kentucky made 20 of 25 (80 percent), while Evansville made 12 of its 13 tries at the charity stripe (92.3 percent).
Evansville’s Riley led all scorers with 18 points, while Cunliffe added 15 for the Aces.
Kentucky returns to action on Monday, facing Utah Valley at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.