Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:00 am
Wildcats survive Tigers' charge
AUBURN, Ala. – Tyler Herro made two free throws with 24 seconds left and Immanuel Quickley added another to help No. 12 Kentucky survive a big rally from No. 14 Auburn, 82-80 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded after losing a 17-point second-half lead to finish off a showdown between two of the league's top teams.
Auburn (13-4, 2-2) took an 80-79 lead on Jared Harper's contested 3-pointer over Ashton Hagans with 32 seconds left.
Herro grabbed the lead back from the line, then Harper held onto the ball for what he hoped would be a game-winner.
The Tigers' 6-foot point guard drove and launched a shot that hit the backboard and bounced off the rim a couple of times but didn't go in.
Quickley grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made the first of two free throws with 3 seconds left and Samir Doughty's desperation 3-point attempt missed at the buzzer.
Herro scored 15 in the second half and he and Keldon Johnson both scored 20 points for the Wildcats.
Travis Reid had 17 points and seven rebounds as the Tigers played without injured center Austin Wiley. PJ Washington scored 13.
Bryce Brown had 25 of his 28 points in the second half and was 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Harper had 17 points and six assists.
WEST VIRGINIA 65, No. 7 KANSAS 64: In Morgantown, W. Va., Jermaine Haley hurried up the court and hit a layup with 8.5 seconds left, completing a late rally that lifted the Mountaineers.
West Virginia (9-9, 1-5 Big 12) scored the final seven points to break a five-game losing streak.
Dedric Lawson and Marcus Garrett made layups 29 seconds apart to give the Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2) their largest lead at 64-58 with 2:34 left. But Kansas didn't score again.
Haley, who was playing with a bandage on his injured left wrist, led the Mountaineers with 13 points. James “Beetle” Bolden added 12 points despite playing with an illness and Culver scored 12.
Lawson and Garrett had 15 points apiece for Kansas, which had won three in a row. Vick scored 13.