Sunday, December 19, 2004

Comeback Cats Claw Cards

Well, I'll admit I stopped watching this one for large stretches before and after halftime.

UK scored 5 points in the first minute-and-a-half of the first half, and only 11 more in the remaining 18-and-a-half. 16 points in a half was their lowest output since 1983 (11 points in a stall-ball game against Cincinnati), and the Cats were lucky to only be doubled, down 32-16.

Being behind like that on your biggest rival's homecourt is not a good situation, and it didn't get a whole lot better in the second half -- Louisville still led by 10 with 5 minutes left. In the end, the hero was Patrick Sparks, who scored 15 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes. He saved the best heroics for the last, drawing a three-shot foul with 0.6 seconds on the clock and then calmly draining all three to end Louisville's 2-game streak in the series.

Beating the Incubus is sweet. Seeing him go down this way is as good as it gets.


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