Ri­valry bat­tle goes to UK

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - SCOREBOARD -

Nick Richards had 13 points, in­clud­ing seven con­sec­u­tive ones in over­time, and No. 19 Ken­tucky scored the fi­nal eight points for a 78-70 vic­tory over No. 3 Louisville on Satur­day in a thrilling Blue­grass ri­valry show­down at Rupp Arena in Lex­ing­ton.

Louisville led 68-65 on Jor­dan Nwora’s 3-pointer with 2:20 left be­fore Richards con­verted a 3-point play to make it 70-68. The ju­nior for­ward added another layup and two more foul shots be­fore Im­manuel Quick­ley and Tyrese Maxey pro­vided a six-point cush­ion from the line. Ash­ton Ha­gans’ dunk with 4.9 sec­onds left sealed the tense win at Rupp Arena.

Maxey’s free throws capped a ca­reer-best 27point per­for­mance while Richards had 10 re­bounds to end a two-game los­ing streak by the Wild­cats (9-3).

Quick­ley had 18 points for Ken­tucky, which shot 46% for its 10 win over Louisville in 13 meet­ings.

Steven Enoch had 18 points and Dwayne Sut­ton for the Car­di­nals (11-2).

Mem­phis rolls: Pre­cious Achi­uwa had 18 points and 10 re­bounds, Lester Quinones added 13 points as No. 9 Mem­phis built a first-half lead and eas­ily beat New Orleans 97-55 in Mem­phis, Tenn.

Quinones, who re­turned af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous five games with a bro­ken right hand, made all three of his 3-point shots as Mem­phis (11-1) ex­tended its winning streak to nine. Tyler Har­ris fin­ished with 11 points, while DJ Jef­fries and Isa­iah Mau­rice added 10 points each.

Troy Green led the Pri­va­teers with 22 points, while Bryson Robin­son added 15 as New Orleans (4-8) lost its third straight. Robin­son and Green, the Pri­va­teers’ lead­ing scor­ers, were a com­bined 8 of 21 from the field.

That was part of New Orleans shoot­ing 29% for the game, in­clud­ing 3 of 17 from 3-point range (17.6%)

While Mem­phis was able to shoot 52% for the game, in­clud­ing 12 of 23 from out­side the arc, the down­side was 27 Tiger turnovers af­ter com­mit­ting 28 in their last game.

Duke’s Jones sits again: Sopho­more point guard Tre Jones missed No. 4 Duke’s 75-70 vic­tory over Brown with a mild left foot sprain and re­mains day to day.

Jones, who’s av­er­ag­ing 15.6 points and a team-high 7.1 as­sists and 2.1 steals, also sat out the Blue Dev­ils’ vic­tory over Wof­ford on Dec. 19.

Duke ex­pects him to re­turn to prac­tice Sun­day.

Michigan loses Liv­ers: Michigan for­ward Isa­iah Liv­ers is out in­def­i­nitely with a left groin in­jury.

Liv­ers was hurt dur­ing the 11th-ranked Wolver­ines’ win over Pres­by­te­rian last week­end. Michigan de­scribed the in­jury ini­tially as a mus­cle strain.

Liv­ers, a 6-foot-7 ju­nior, is av­er­ag­ing a team-high 13.6 points.


EJ Montgomery cel­e­brates af­ter Ken­tucky’s 78-70 OT vic­tory over in-state ri­val Louisville on Satur­day.

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