No. 1 Cats Upset by Evansville

Top-ranked Cats lose to unranked Evansville

Courtesy: UK Athletics

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.

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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.

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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