Monday, November 30, 2015
Amsterdam, NY ,



Kentucky stunned in NIT opener

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - Updated: 4:30 PM

MOON, Pa. (AP) -- A down season for defending national champion Kentucky ended with one final disappointment.

Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and the Colonials stunned the defending national champions 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night, sending the disjointed Wildcats into an uncertain offseason less than a year after cutting down the nets in New Orleans.

"This is humbling," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "They think we're supposed to win 30 a year, 35 a year, go to the Final Four, win a national title."

Not this time. Not even close.

Robert Morris (24-10) led almost the entire way, never blinking in a rare visit from one of college basketball's Goliaths. Then again, this isn't the same Kentucky team that roared through the NCAAs behind stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

This batch of Wildcats (21-12) hasn't been the same since center Nerlens Noel went down with a devastating knee injury. Kentucky lost six of its final 10 games, the last one coming just a couple of 3-pointers away from the house Calipari grew up in.

"This is a shot in the arm for them and they deserve to win the game," Calipari said. "If we'd have won at the buzzer, it would have been a shame."

The Wildcats came close. Calipari opted not to call timeout after McFadden's second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer's 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the rim, sending hundreds of students onto the court following the biggest win in school history.


Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Subscribe to The Recorder


The Recorder Sports Schedule


The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Two corrections officers arrested after internal investigation
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Amsterdam brushes aside 0-3 start to make 2015 a special season
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    County sheriff, jail faces another lawsuit
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Loren F. Prime
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Tonko calls for more support of the MVGO bridge
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Stanavich brothers, Derby honored as area's best
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Donations stolen from holiday lights display on Lyon Street
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Los Angeles Times Movie Guide
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Amsterdam to switch on solar array
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Area police agencies increase road patrols for Thanksgiving weekend
    Thursday, November 26, 2015


Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us