Davis’ last-second block helps Kentucky nudge North Carolina

This was an early season matchup that lived up to the hype. The #1 Kentucky Wildcats were able to defeat the #5 North Carolina Tar Heels in a battle of talented pro prospects. Kentucky got out to a fast start, forcing North Carolina to turn the ball over four times in the early part of the first half. North Carolina quickly gained control of the lead thanks to a Harrison Barnes three-point basket with 14:46 left in the first half. The Tar Heels extended their lead to 34-25 with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. After a John Calipari timeout, the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run before the Tar Heels extended their lead back to 5 points when the first half ended. The second half was a game of “whatever you can do, I can do better”, with Kentucky and North Carolina trading buckets and lead changes. Kentucky guard, Doron Lamb came up big with back-to-back three-pointers to give Kentucky a 69-64 lead with 3:49 left in the second half. Barnes responded with another three-point to cut the lead to 69-67. With 21 seconds left, Kentucky had the lead 73-72 and had Marquis Teague at the line. Teague missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and North Carolina gobbled up the rebound and held the ball for the last shot. John Henson ended up with the ball after it deflected off a North Carolina big man Tyler Zeller. Henson rose up, for what would have been the game-winner, but freshman sensation Anthony Davis came out of nowhere to block his shot. After Davis’ block, North Carolina seemed to be stunned and they just stood around when they could have fouled. There was at least three seconds remaining on the clock when Davis ended up with the ball after the block. It was a big mistake for North Carolina, who have now lost two of their last three games. North Carolina was led by Barnes and Zeller (14 points each), freshman P.J. Hairston (11 points off the bench) and Henson (10 points). Kentucky was led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (17 points and 11 rebounds), Lamb and Terrence Jones (14 points a piece) and Darius Miller (12 points off the bench). Davis finished with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, one being the biggest play of the game. Kentucky will now travel to Assembly Hall to take on the revamped Indiana Hoosiers next Saturday. North Carolina will try to right the ship at home against the Evansville Aces on Tuesday.


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