Kentucky shuts down Wofford’s magical run
Wofford rode Fletcher Magee all season long, through the Southern Conference undefeated, into the NCAA Tournament and to a second round matchup against Kentucky.
The NCAA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made finally ran out of gas Saturday afternoon.
Magee finished 0-for-12 from 3-point range and managed only eight points as Kentucky beat Wofford 62-56 in Jacksonville to advance to the Sweet 16. The Wildcats, the No. 2 seed, will face the winner of No. 3 seed Houston and No. 11 seed Ohio State on Friday for a spot in the Elite 8.
“The worst feeling that I’ve probably ever had as far as during a game knowing that we played so well as a team. We were rebounding, competing on defense so well, I just feel like I let everyone down,” Magee said. “I’ve got to own up to it and just swallow it knowing that I went in there, I prepared like I was always prepare. I was focused. I did everything that I’ve always done. I shot them like I always shoot them and they just didn’t go in.”
Wofford led by as many as six late in the first half before Kentucky went on a 10-2 spurt to take a 28-26 lead into halftime.
The Terriers pulled to within 58-56 with 37 seconds remaining but were unable to get a stop. Magee’s 3-point try to cut the lead to one with nine seconds left was off the mark, and Kentucky made its free throws late to hold on for the victory.