Kentucky vs. Robert Morris: Live Score, Updates & Reaction for NIT First Round
Kentucky basketball has reached a new low under John Calipari.
Robert Morris, the Northeast Conference regular-season champions, defeated the Wildcats 59 to 57.
The Colonials survived an 11-0 run by the Wildcats late in the second half. Even though Lucky Jones was ejected during the run, Robert Morris showed backbone. Kentucky did not.
Robert Morris might not have made the NCAA tournament, but their win over Kentucky is monumental for the program.
But the story of the night has to be Kentucky. The Wildcats lacked pride, focus and effort in this game. Former walk-on Jarrod Polson tried to keep Kentucky in the game, but his effort was not enough.
Polson and Archie Goodwin were the only two players that can say they fought tough. Other Wildcats simply did not have that hustle.
Kentucky had a chance to win the game at the end. Kyle Wiltjer had an open look at a three on the wing, but his shot rimmed out.
Credit goes to Robert Morris and Andy Toole, who had a game plan and executed it to perfection against Kentucky.
For the Wildcats, next season can't come soon enough.
I think everyone is relieved not to have to watch that Kentucky team play anymore. UK fans included.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 20, 2013
UK fans: Agree or disagree?
Here's how you win ballgames as a mid-major against high-majors: Robert Morris 14-of-14 from the line.— Daniel Martin (@DanielJMartin_) March 20, 2013
Robert Morris played their game. Huge props.
RMU 57, UK 57 — 8.7 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
A poor angle by Alex Poythress allows Robert Morris to pass the ball under the basket.
Alex Poythress was in the wrong place on the out of bounds play. He has to protect the rim there.HUGE MISTAKE— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 20, 2013
WCS picks up a foul. Two foul shots await.
RMU 57, UK 57 — 12.3 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Archie Goodwin drives and ties the game.
Robert Morris has the ball with five seconds left on the shot clock.
RMU 57, UK 55 — 59.7 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky has the ball. We'll see what kind of play John Calipari draws up for his team.
RMU 57, UK 55 — 1:16 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
We're going down to the wire. Timeout Robert Morris.
RMU 55, UK 53 — 2:47 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky will win or lose this game based on what Archie Goodwin does in these final minutes.
RMU 53, UK 53 — 2:51 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky is on an 11-0 run. This is a different basketball game.
Lucky Jones has been ejected.
RMU 53, UK 49 — 3:41 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Lucky Jones slings down Archie Goodwin after Goodwin made a nice steal.
UK down 53-49 and Goodwin will get 2 shots. Called intentional. checking for flagrant— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) March 20, 2013
That's Jones' fourth foul, and he may be done for the night. That foul was brutal, and there was no play made on the ball.
RMU 53, UK 49 — 3:52 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky has made it a game. The Wildcats, behind Polson's lead, have gone on a 7-0 run.
I live and die with UK basketball. It's been hard dying with a group of players who have little respect for the uniform they wear.— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) March 20, 2013
Most UK fans feel this way.
RMU 49, UK 40 — 7:44 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
ESPN is showing UK's 2013 recruiting class on screen.
Let's hope that helps any Kentucky fans that are still watching.
Wonder what Robert Morris coach Andy Toole would have said if given choice between NCAAs or NIT home game vs UK?— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) March 20, 2013
What do you think?
RMU 49, UK 38 — 7:44 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
UK's performance tonight doesn't surprise me one bit. You could see this coming a mile away. These guys quit weeks ago. Just embarrassing— Paul Ables (@PaulAbles) March 20, 2013
This is just plain awful for Kentucky fans. Robert Morris fans, however, are having the night of their lives.
Has Kentucky mailed it in?
RMU 46, UK 36 — 10:04 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky can't guard Robert Morris off the dribble... not a typo.— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) March 20, 2013
Russell Johnson just drove by Alex Poythress and scored around Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Three first round draft picks couldn't stop Johnson.
RMU 40, UK 31 — 13:07 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Interesting to note that Polson was not in the game during Robert Morris' 6-0 run.
He's back in now.
RMU 40, UK 31 — 13:49 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Timeout by John Calipari.
Credit Robert Morris for coming ready to play. Kentucky did not.
Kentucky down 7 and looking juuuuuust about ready to pack it in.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 20, 2013
RMU 38, UK 31 — 14:49 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kyle Wiltjer returns to the game for Kentucky. He fouls Lucky Jones on a three-point shot that goes in.
Wiltjer is now on the bench.
RMU 34, UK 31 — 15:32 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Velton Jones (six points this half) and Archie Goodwin (four points this half) are going at it.
No one else has scored this half for either team.
RMU 30, UK 27 — 17:57 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Anthony Myers-Pate, a starting guard for Robert Morris, is down on the floor.
Announcers are saying that cramps are the cause. Let's hope it is nothing serious.
Myers-Pate has six points on 3-of-5 shooting.
RMU 28, UK 27 — 19:40 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
What can we expect in the second half?
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