Kentucky shakes off slow start to beat pesky Columbia 56-46

Aaron Harrison - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
Aaron Harrison – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

Top-ranked gave up the first 11 points, still trailed at halftime and finally shook off a slow start to beat pesky Columbia 56-46 on Wednesday night.

In a college basketball season already marked by several big upsets, the Wildcats (10-0) got their toughest challenge yet from the Ivy League Lions. Columbia led for nearly 27 minutes before Aaron Harrison and the Wildcats took control.

Set to face North Carolina, and in their next three games, the Wildcats had from the outset against Columbia (5-3). Coach John Calipari called a timeout as the Lions took an 11-0 lead.

The Wildcats clamped down on defense to make several stops in the second half and took the lead for good at 36-34 on Derek Willis’ two free throws with 13:18 remaining.

Harrison scored 14 points and added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky. Injured freshman guards and Devin Booker didn’t play.

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