Kentucky vs. Louisville: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17:  Malik Monk
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No. 10 Louisville 73, No. 6 Kentucky 70

The No. 10 Louisville Cardinals earned their first victory over the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats since 2012 in a thriller inside the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday night. 

Both sides took turns in the lead for the opening 30 minutes of the contest, as the stars on both sides delivered plenty of clutch baskets. 

Kentucky appeared to have an advantage in the paint thanks to the skill set of freshman Bam Adebayo, who produced three thunderous dunks, but the Wildcats failed to feed the big man on a consistent basis in the closing stages of the second half. 

Louisville guard Quentin Snider and forward Deng Adel took over in the final few minutes. Snider became the first Louisville player over 20 points this season, as he produced a game high total of 22. 

After Donovan Mitchell knocked down a pair of foul shots with eight seconds left, Kentucky had a chance to send the game to overtime, but Malik Monk missed an open three-pointer. The freshman, who scored 47 against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, was limited to 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting. 

De'Aaron Fox led the Wildcats with 21 points, while Adebayo added 11 points and nine rebounds. 

Snider was one of four Louisville players to reach double digits. Adel had 18 points, while Jaylen Johnson and Mitchell recorded 14 and 13, respectively. 


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