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Ugonna Onyenso blocked 5 shots plus Boxscore and Other Texas A&M Game Notes

Playing 31 minutes, Ugonna Onyenso had a season-high seven points and set a career best with five blocked shots against Texas A&M

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
REED ARENA | BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
JAN. 13, 2024
ATTENDANCE: 9,540

Final Score: Texas A&M 97, No. 6 Kentucky 92 (OT)

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 12-3 on the season, ending a six-game winning streak. is 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Texas A&M is 10-6 overall, 1-2 in league play.
  • UK leads the series 13-5, ending four straight wins by UK over TAMU.
    • UK leads 5-3 in games played in Bryan-College Station.
  • Next for Kentucky: UK begins a two-game homestand Wednesday as the Wildcats play host to Mississippi State. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN2.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 1-1 in overtime games this season, also has a win over St. Joseph's.
  • UK scored 92 points today. The Wildcats entered the game third in the nation at 90.7 per game.
    • UK has scored at least 80 points in all but one game this season.
  • Kentucky made 15 of 39 on 3-pointers. 15 threes are the second-most of the season and 39 attempts are a season high.
  • UK had 22 assists with only 11 turnovers, a +2.0 ratio. UK entered the game third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at +1.87.
  • UK won fastbreak points, 11-8. UK entered the game seventh in the nation in fastbreak points. 
  • With 15 points from Dillingham and 13 from Sheppard, UK won bench points 36-26.
  • Kentucky blocked nine shots, tying the season high. 

Player Notes  

  • had 22 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season.
  • had 18 points, his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season and fourth in a row. He also had four assists.
  • had 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers late in regulation that helped send the game to overtime. He also had four assists.
  • Reed Sheppard had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. 
  • Playing a career-high 44 minutes, notched eight points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
    • It is his fifth straight game with double-digit rebounds and he has had at least four boards in every game this season. 
  • Player a career-best 31 minutes, had a season-high seven points, tied his career high for rebounds with 10 and set a career best with five blocked shots. 

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 844-256 (76.7%) all-time on-court record, including 399-116 (77.5%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 328-66 (83.2%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • Calipari is 12-4 vs. Texas A&M.
  • Calipari is now 395-127 (75.7%) all-time in conference games, including 187-61 (75.4%) in the .

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started D.J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, , Tre Mitchell and for the sixth game in a row. UK is 5-1 in this lineup.   
  • With Bradshaw picking up two early fouls, Ugonna Onyenso was UK's first substitution with 17:22 remaining.
  • Texas A&M led by as many as 11 points in the first half, 38-27.
  • UK rallied to take a brief lead before two foul shots gave the Aggies a 46-45 lead at half. 
  • UK is now 1-2 this season when trailing at halftime.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • UK had its largest lead at 65-58 at the 12:14 mark but the game tightened quickly.
  • Tied at 76 with four minutes left, TAMU's Wade Taylor and UK's Dillingham each hit three 3-pointers to leave the score tied at 87 with a minute to go. 
  • TAMU was called for offensive goaltending with 28 seconds remaining. 
  • After a UK turnover, TAMU's Tyrece Radford made two foul shots with 7.8 seconds left.
  • Dillingham missed a 3-pointer but Sheppard was fouled on the rebound with 0.6 seconds left. Sheppard made both shots to send it to overtime. 

In the Overtime

  • TAMU scored the first five points of overtime and never trailed in the extra period. 
  • UK missed all eight of its field goal attempts in overtime and didn't score until 39 seconds left, when Sheppard was fouled on a 3-pointer and made two of three free throws.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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