1995-96 National Champions

NCAA Championship #6
KENTUCKY 76, SYRACUSE 67
April 1,1996
East Rutherford, N.J.

Tony Delk tied a championship game record with seven three-pointers and the Wildcats withstood a late Orangemen rally to win their sixth national title before a capacity crowd of 19,229 in the Continental Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands. Delk, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, canned seven of 12 three-pointers to lead the Cats with 24 points. But after Syracuse had cut the lead to two, 64-62, with 4:46 remaining, a Delk misfire was tipped in by Walter McCarty to extend UK’s lead to four. After holding the Orangemen on the next possession, Derek Anderson drained a three to push the lead to seven. SU would get no closer than five in the final minutes. Delk was joined on the Final Four All-Tournament team by freshman Ron Mercer, who was sensational off the bench, scoring a career-high 20 points on 8-12 shooting from the field, including 3-4 from three-point range.

KENTUCKY

PLAYER     FG   3FG  FT   R  F  A  TO B  S  TP
Anderson  4-8   2-3  1-1  4  2  1  2  0  3  11
Walker   4-12   0-1  3-6  9  2  4  0  0  4  11
McCarty   2-6   0-0  0-0  7  3  3  1  0  0   4
Delk     8-20  7-12  1-2  7  2  2  3  1  2  24
Epps      0-6   0-3  0-0  4  1  7  1  0  0   0
Pope      1-6   0-2  2-2  3  3  2  4  0  1   4
Mercer   8-12   3-4  1-1  2  3  2  0  0  1  20
Shepard   1-2   0-1  0-1  2  3  0  3  0  0   2
Edwards   0-1   0-1  0-0  0  0  1  1  0  0   0
Team                      1

TOTALS  28-73 12-27 8-13  40 19 22 15 1 11  76

SYRACUSE

PLAYER     FG   3FG  FT   R  F  A  TO B  S  TP
Burgan   7-10   3-5  2-5  8  5  1  3  0  1  19
Wallace 11-19   2-3  5-5 10  5  1  6  1  0  29
Hill      3-9   0-0  1-1 10  2  1  3  1  0   7
Sims      2-5   1-4  1-2  2  2  7  7  0  1   6
Cipolla   3-8   0-3  0-0  1  1  2  2  0  4   6
Reafsnydr 0-1   0-0  0-0  4  0  0  1  0  0   0
Janulis   0-0   0-0  0-0  2  2  0  0  0  0   0
Nelson    0-0   0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
Team                      2

TOTALS  26-52  6-15 9-13 38 17 12 24  2  6  67

HALFTIME:
UK 42, Syracuse 33

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