No. 18 Kentucky survives scare in Ohio
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Joe Crawford scored a career-high 23 points
to lead the 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to a come-from-behind victory
over the Ohio Bobcats, 71-63, at US Bank Arena.
Ramel Bradley added 18 points and Rekalin Sims netted 11 for Kentucky (9-3),
which was playing in the 2,500th game in school history. The Wildcats won for
the third game in a row.
Mychal Green led the Bobcats with 16 points and Jeremy Fears added 14 for Ohio
(6-2), which had a modest two-game winning streak snapped. Leon Williams added
11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Up by three at the half, Ohio extended its lead to as much as nine before
enduring a drought. A Fears dunk with 12:35 left in the second half put Ohio
ahead 54-45 before Kentucky came roaring back.
A free throw by Crawford pulled Kentucky within two at 54-52 with 7:35 left in
the contest. A free throw by Whitney Davis less than three minutes later
pushed Ohio’s lead to 59-55, but the Wildcats held the Bobcats scoreless over
the next 3:42 to regain the lead.
A tip-in and a layup from Sims tied the game at 59-59 with 2:31 to play, and
Kentucky took its first lead since the 11:28 mark of the first half after Sims
hit a free throw to complete a three-point play.
Two free throws from Crawford with 23 seconds left gave the Wildcats a 67-59
edge en route to the 71-63 win.
A three-pointer from Crawford gave the Wildcats a slim 19-17 first-half lead
before Ohio went on an 11-3 run to open a 28-22 lead. The Bobcats pushed that
lead to as much as nine before heading into the locker room ahead 40-37.
The Bobcats have not beaten a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 12
Syracuse on December 4, 1998…Kentucky holds a 14-1 all-time mark against
Ohio and a 13-1 all-time record in US Bank Arena…Ohio outshot Kentucky 65
percent to 45 percent in the first half, but shot only 34 percent from the
floor in the second half.