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Kansas State comeback ousts Kentucky from NCAA Tournament, ending the Wildcats’ season

Poor shooting down the stretch doomed Kentucky in a 75-69 loss to Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

had 25 points and 18 rebounds, but third-seeded used a late 13-2 run to beat sixth-seeded 75-69 in the second round of the 2023 Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Freshman had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Cats, while classmate Chris Livingston had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The blue-clad Cats struggled offensively for most of the game. Kentucky made 26 of 63 (41.3 percent) from the floor, including just 4 of 20 (20 percent) from three-point range. also committed 16 turnovers in the game.

Kentucky led for 14:34 of the first half, but the Cats went cold at the end of the first half, missing nine of their final 10 field goals and K-State closed the first 20 minutes on a 12-4 run to lead 29-26 at the break.

The purple-clad Wildcats got the first two points of the second half to lead by five, 31-26. That's when the Cats from Lexington responded, scoring nine in a row, including five from Wallace, to lead 35-31 and force a Kansas State timeout. The Cats would get four more points after the timeout to complete the 13-0 run and to take a 39-31 advantage.

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