Even when the shots weren’t falling, James Young didn’t give up.
Young didn’t score a basket in the first half of third-ranked Kentucky’s 68-61 triumph over Cleveland State Monday night at Rupp Arena. He was 0-4 from the field in the first 20 minutes but came through in the second half. Young finished with nine points, grabbed five rebounds, had three assists and a block.
More than his clutch three-pointer late in the second half that helped spark Kentucky’s successful rally, Young’s movement without the ball served as an example for his teammates to follow down the stretch.
“James Young fought like crazy and came up with loose balls when we were dead,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If (Cleveland State) got those balls, we would lose.