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November 13, 2013

Cats fall to Michigan State 78-74

Nation’s no. 2 team overcomes no. 1 in hard-fought battle in Chicago


Chicago, Ill. —

But the Spartans aren't exactly slouches, returning six of their top seven scorers. Just as important, big-time games like this are nothing new to them, with coach Tom Izzo routinely scheduling the likes of Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas before Jan. 1.
The experience showed early, as the Spartans harassed Kentucky relentlessly on both ends of the court. But Kentucky has too much talent to stay down for long.
After trailing by 13 with 11:32 to play, the Wildcats came roaring back behind Randle, who left little doubt why coaches throughout the NBA covet him. He scored nine points in Kentucky's 13-1 run, including a "How'd he do that?" off-balance jumper from behind a sea of green jerseys. Andrew Harrison followed with a layup to cut Michigan State's lead to 60-59 with 8:05 to play.
Andrew Harrison and Randle each made a pair of free throws, tying the game at 66 with 4:48 left. But Appling drilled a 3, and Harris stripped Randle at the other end and took it in for a layup that put Michigan State back in front, 71-66.
Randle wasn't done just yet. After Andrew Harrison's free throws Kentucky within 76-72 with 1:33 to play, the Wildcats pounced on an Appling turnover and Randle scored on a jumper. But Dawson tipped in a miss by Denzel Valentine at the other end to seal the win.
Young 7-16 2-5 19, Cauley-Stein 2-4 1-3 5, Randle 9-14 9-15 27, Aa. Harrison 1-7 1-2 3, An. Harrison 3-6 4-4 11, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Poythress 2-6 3-4 7, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 0-3 2. Totals 25-55 20-36 74.
Costello 1-4 0-1 2, Harris 7-14 5-6 20, Payne 5-10 4-5 15, Appling 8-14 4-4 22, Dawson 4-9 0-0 8, Wetzel 0-0 0-0 0, Gauna 2-2 0-1 4, Trice 1-2 0-0 2, Schilling 0-0 0-0 0, Valentine 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 30-63 13-17 78.
Halftime_Michigan St. 44-32. 3-Point Goals_Kentucky 4-20 (Young 3-11, An. Harrison 1-1, Randle 0-1, Poythress 0-2, Aa. Harrison 0-5), Michigan St. 5-12 (Appling 2-4, Payne 1-1, Valentine 1-2, Harris 1-4, Trice 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Kentucky 44 (Randle 13), Michigan St. 32 (Dawson 9). Assists_Kentucky 8 (An. Harrison 3), Michigan St. 17 (Appling 8). Total Fouls_Kentucky 19, Michigan St. 27. A_NA.

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