Wildcat Squeak by Vermont, 73-69

Annette Crawford
November 13, 2017

Kentucky is 2-0 and this was Vermont's season opener.

The Big Blue faithful - and coach John Calipari - got a little more tense when a United Kingdom turnover gave Vermont the ball with 1:23 to go and a chance to tie the game.

Next for the Wildcats: UK takes on Kansas on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET in the State Farm Champions Classic.

Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Green Packers beat the Chicago Bears 23-16 to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday. Vermont managed to stay in the game but there was none of that double-digit lead for the visitors like Utah Valley had.

From there, Kentucky controlled the remainder of the first half at went to intermission ahead 36-24.

The Wildcats had their biggest lead early in the second half, a 40-26 advantage.

Vermont battled back, gradually lowering the deficit to three on two occasions. Anthony Lamb scored 15, Drew Urquhart had 13 and Ernie Duncan added 10. He added a foul shot for the final of 73-69. As a team, Kentucky knocked down 18-of-23 free throws, good enough for 78%.

Freshman PJ Washington led Kentucky with a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

"P.J. Washington is a beast, finally", Calipari said.

After two games, he is the team's leading scorer with a 17-point average. Green, making his first career start, finished with 15 points and had a career-high four assists.

Kevin Knox had 11 points and four rebounds, including a crucial 3-pointer with 3:13 to play that was UK's final basket of the game.

We will be blogging live with updates from Rupp Arena.

Calipari has a 696-193 all-time on-court record.

Even though the game was closer than he wanted, Calipari said playing a team like Vermont, which won 29 games last season and lost to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament, served a goal for his young squad.

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