Wildcats get taught early lesson

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel (3) looks to shoot against Maryland's Alex Len (25) during the second half. Kentucky won 72-69. (AP Photo/Jason Decrow)
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel (3) looks to shoot against Maryland’s Alex Len (25) during the second half. won 72-69. (AP Photo/Jason Decrow)

Junior guard scored 10 points – three more than he had in his career at Kentucky – and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the third-ranked Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by for a 72-69 victory Friday night.

Kyle Wiltjer, a sophomore, led with 19 points in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college basketball games played in the new arena in Brooklyn. Archie Goodwin, the only one of the four freshmen in Kentucky’s heralded class to score in double figures, had 16 points for the defending national champions.

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