Oscar Tshiebwe had 25 points and 18 rebounds, but third-seeded Kansas State used a late 13-2 run to beat sixth-seeded Kentucky 75-69 in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Freshman Cason Wallace 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. UK 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.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.