Gritty effort leads Kentucky Wildcats to rivalry win over Louisville Cardinals

James Young - photo by Bo Morris | Kentucky Sports Review
James Young – photo by Bo Morris | Kentucky Sports Review

With standout  sidelined with injury in the second half after a 17-point first-half outing, No. 18 Kentucky used stellar performances from freshmen  and  to post a 73-66 win over No. 6 Louisville, in front of a season-high 24,396 on Saturday evening at Rupp Arena.

After a strong performance from the Wildcats in the first half, including a 17-point performance from Randle on 7-of-8 shooting, Kentucky took a 41-36 lead into halftime. With the game noted at 43-43 with 17:55 left in the game, Randle subbed out due to injury. The Wildcats mounted a spirited rally to finish the game on a 30-23 run, with Randle seeing a few minutes on the floor before subbing out for good without accumulating any statistics in the second frame.

Kentucky (10-3) was led by its freshmen trio of Andrew Harrison, Randle and Young. Young, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound native of Rochester Hills, Mich., contributed his first double-double of the year with a career-high 10 rebounds and 18 points.  totaled 18 points, with  added 10 boards and Andrew Harrison contributing 10 points.

The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 8 with its Southeastern Conference opener vs. at 8 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena.

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