Col­lege hoops: Evansville stuns No. 1 Ken­tucky

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jerry Tip­ton, Lexington Her­ald-Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Evansville Coach Wal­ter Mc­Carty, the for­mer Ken­tucky player who hit a key bas­ket in the Mardi Gras Miracle, can say af­ter Tues­day’s game that he has been part of two en­dur­ing bas­ket­ball mem­o­ries.

Evansville’s 67-64 victory over No. 1 Ken­tucky was a Novem­ber up­set to re­mem­ber.

It was no fluke. Un­ranked Evansville led for 29 min­utes and 31 sec­onds.

With UK and the Rupp Arena crowd try­ing to shake Evansville, Sam Cun­liffe made two free throws with 6.8 sec­onds left to set the fi­nal score. He fin­ished with 17 points.

Tyrese Maxey’s rushed three-pointer in the fi­nal sec­onds was an air ball.

The up­set breathed life into some­thing fresh­man Kahlil Whit­ney said Mon­day about the No. 1 rank­ing an­nounced ear­lier that day in­spir­ing op­po­nents.

“I think peo­ple are try­ing to take our heads off,” he said. “We have to watch our P’s and Q’s.”

Ken­tucky, 2-1, did not shoot well and com­mit­ted a lot of turnovers.

Mean­while, Evansville — picked to fin­ish ninth in the Mis­souri Val­ley Con­fer­ence by Blue Rib­bon year­book — took the lead for good with 7:13 left. The Pur­ple Aces did not wilt down the stretch.

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