Ken­tucky’s kids rally for win over Wi­chita St.

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS -

Bam Ade­bayo had a dou­ble-dou­ble and swat­ted away the fi­nal shot on Sun­day as Ken­tucky sent Wi­chita State to yet an­other sec­ond-round heart­break, 65-62 in the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The youngest team in March Mad­ness grew up in the clos­ing min­utes.

Ade­bayo had 13 points and 10 re­bounds. De’Aaron Fox had 14 points, in­clud­ing a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made a pair of free throws in the fi­nal 13 sec­onds. Ade­bayo clinched it by block­ing Landry Shamet’s 3-pointer shot at the buzzer.

Yes, Ken­tucky’s fresh­man trio did it all.

Wham, Bam, move on ‘Cats (31-5), right into the Sweet 16 for the sev­enth time in nine years.

And wipe tears away again, Shock­ers (31-5).

Three years ago, Wi­chita State was 35-0 when it lost to Ken­tucky in the sec­ond round, crest­fallen after Fred Van Vleet’s 3-pointer missed at the buzzer of Ken­tucky’s 7876 win. This time, their at­tempt at a ty­ing 3 never had a chance.

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