POSTGAME NOTES: UK Improves to 22-4 as Washington, Herro Spark Cats To 66-58 Win Over Missouri
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Final Score: No. 4/4 Kentucky 66, Missouri 58
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky improved to 22-4 overall and 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
With Tennessee’s win earlier in the night, UK remains a game out of first place in the SEC and a half game behind LSU. The Tigers host Florida on Wednesday.
Missouri falls to 12-13, 3-10 in the league.
Kentucky increased its series lead to 12-1 and 4-1 in Columbia, Mo.
Next up for UK: the Wildcats return home to host Auburn on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. That game will be televised by CBS.
Kentucky won the first meeting, 82-80, on Jan. 19 in Auburn.
In the First Half
Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 19th time this season. UK is now 15-4 with that lineup.
After Mizzou opened the game with a 3, Kentucky followed with a 10-2 run going into the first media timeout.
Following a brief 11-10 Missouri lead, Kentucky quickly answered. A high-low alley-oop combination from Travis to Washington for a flush sparked a 9-0 Kentucky run. Herro scored the seven after that thanks to a flagrant foul that earned him two free throws and a layup in the same possession, followed by a 3 on the ensuing possession.
Herro scored his seven straight points in just 18 seconds of game time.
Up 22-17 with 7:24 left in the first half, UK outscored Missouri 19-6 heading into halftime for a 41-23 lead.
UK shot 50 percent in the first half and held Mizzou to 30.8 percent.
Washington, who was named the Oscar Robertson Trophy National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association earlier in the day, kept his recent momentum rolling with 15 first-half points and five rebounds.
He made 6 of 10 shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers.
Nick Richards (pictured) had one of his finest halves of the season with seven points in seven minutes in the first half.
In the Second Half
UK started the second half with Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Richards.
Hagans carried the Cats early in the second half with eight points in the first 5:26 of game time, including two 3-pointers.
Travis exited the game and did not return with a right knee sprain at the 10:24 mark.
UK did not make a field goal for the final 6:57 of the game.
It was UK’s seventh straight road victory, the program’s longest road winning streak since the 2014-15 season that saw the Wildcats win its first 38 games overall.
Kentucky is now 240-40 vs. Associated Press unranked competition under John Calipari.
UK held Missouri to 58 points and 37-percent shooting.
The Wildcats improved to 176-16 under Calipari when holding the opponent to less than 40-percent shooting, including 12-0 this season
Kentucky is 167-7 when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer under Calipari.
The Wildcats continue to put opponents away when they get up by double figures. UK moved to 255-5 all-time under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points in the contest. A remarkable 85.9 percent of Calipari’s 297 wins at Kentucky have featured a double-digit lead at some point in the contest.
Kentucky lost the rebounding 28-34.
UK is now 3-2 this season when losing the rebounding.
UK won points in the paint 22-20.
UK is 19-3 when prevailing in the paint.
The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 13 games. During that 13-game span, UK has …
Limited the opponents to 38.5 percent from the field.
Limited the opponents to 31.6 percent from 3-point range.
Limited the opponents to 60.7 points per game.
PJ Washington, this week’s reigning USBWA National Player of the Week, showed no signs of ending his conference tear with a game-high-tying 18 points and an outright game-high eight rebounds.
He came up two points shy of a 10th 20-point game of the season. He’s scored at least 15 in nine straight, but broke a streak of four-straight 20-plus performances.
He is averaging 20.7 points and 8.1 boards over the last nine games.
He has 11 straight games in double figures.
Tyler Herro continued to be a road warrior with 18 points and five rebounds. He’s averaging a team-high 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent and 43.2 from 3 in Kentucky’s eight road games.
The Wildcats are now 13-0 when he scores at least 15 points.
Nick Richards came off the bench to score seven points in 12 minutes, adding four rebounds.
UK is 10-0 this season when he scores at least four points.
Ashton Hagans scored 12 points, reaching double figures for the seventh time this year, but first since Jan. 26 vs. Kansas.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari is now 297-68 at UK, tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the great Adolph Rupp, who won 1,066 games at Kentucky.
It took the legendary Hall 397 games to get to 297. It took Calipari 365 games. Rupp did it two games faster than Calipari.
Calipari has a 742-208 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is now 9-3 vs. Missouri all-time.
He is just three wins shy of 300 victories at Kentucky.