Ken­tucky shuts down Wof­ford’s magical run

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball - BY MATT CON­NOLLY mcon­[email protected]­

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.

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