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Kentucky defeats Saint Joseph’s in overtime

The 16th-ranked University of Kentucky defeated Saint Joseph’s 96-88 in overtime in a vicious battle on Monday night. The Wildcats overcame a slow start and some shaky moments to secure the win, never allowing the disillusioned Hawks to take full control of the game.

Trey Mitchell played a key role in Kentucky’s victory with a game-high 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and four caps. Mitchell hit back-to-back key three-pointers early in overtime to help UK take an 83-79 lead, while his putback dunk with 29 seconds left in regulation gave the Wildcats a 77-76 lead.

DJ Wagner also made a major contribution with a career-high 21 points and six assists. He showed his poise at the free throw line by going 7-of-8 from the line. Antonio Reeves celebrated his 23rd birthday by contributing 20 points and five rebounds to the Wildcats’ offence.

Rob Dillingham and Justin Edwards scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Reed Shepherd made valuable contributions on the defensive end by contributing four assists and five steals in 25 minutes off the bench.

Kentucky defeats Saint Joseph’s in overtime

Kentucky shot well from beyond the arc, going 12-of-25 from three-point range. This continued their stellar performance from the three-point line, where they shot 17-of-32 from three-point range in their last game against Stonehill College.

Saint Joseph’s was led by Erik Reynolds II, who was 6-of-12 from three-point range for 28 points and kept the game close throughout. The Eagles hit a total of 15 three-pointers, showcasing their ability to space the floor.

Despite the slow start, Kentucky was able to regain control of the game in the second half and overtime. Their resilience and great play in key moments proved to be the key to the victory.

With the win, Kentucky improves their record to 4-1 on the season. Next up, they will host Marshall on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first meeting between the two teams in 11 years.

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