- Saturday, December 11 1999 -
Kentucky - 66 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 23rd by AP]
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Maryland - 72 (Head Coach: Gary Williams) - [Ranked 21st by AP]
Halftime Score: Maryland 34, Kentucky 27
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Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Stephen John; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
UK loses 72-66
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Cats, though hustle and rebounding kept them close.
Sloppy ball handling and poor shooting continued to plague Kentucky as the game Wildcats were unable to handle Terrance Morris and the Terrapins. UK lost to Maryland 72-66. Kentucky had several opportunities to take the lead but the Cats were just not able to take advantage of them. The Cats remained within striking distance throughout the game but fell just a little short every time.
The Maryland crowd was in the game early and their enthusiasm sparked the Terps for the entire half, particularly Terrance Morris. Morris scored the first 7 points for the Terps as Maryland cruised to a 20-12 lead. Silly Kentucky turnovers marked a sloppy 1st half by the Wildcats in a half that Maryland led the entire way. Saul Smith, who had shot only 20% from 3-point range, did his best to keep UK in the game, hitting 3 three pointers, the second of which brought UK back to within 2 points, 22-20. Slightly-built Juan Dixon continued to slip the UK defense for offensive rebounds and Steve Blake hit a three point shot off a steal to extend Maryland's lead once again to six.
Bogans provided a spark to Kentucky, who managed to pull within two once again. After a Kentucky steal, Bogans drove the length of the court for a layup. On Maryland's next possession, Prince made a nice block under the basket and Kentucky scored once again on two free throws by Bogans to pull UK to within two points again. However, Jamaal Magloire made a key error on a lazy pass under the basket and Terrance Morris converted a three point play the old fashioned way. With only seconds to go, UK committed another turnover and Blake hit another three pointer to give Maryland its 34-27 halftime lead.
Maryland shot 50% for the first half and UK committed multiple turnovers. The halftime score could have been much worse.
After a three point play by Maryland to start the second half, UK went on a 7-0 run to pull within 3 but Maryland once again extended the lead off Kentucky turnovers and baskets by Blake and Morris. Maryland center Lonnie Baxter picked up his fourth foul early in the second half, but Kentucky could not capitalize on his absence.
Saul hit two more three-point shots and Magloire played tough defense, helping Kentucky remain within striking distance. But Maryland had the answer each time.
As well as Maryland played, Kentucky closed to within 2 points at 65-63 with 1:30 remaining in the half. However, Maryland PG Steve Blake released on defense and received the long past for the uncontested layup and the game was effectively over.
For the game, Kentucky shot just 38.5% from the field and only 28.6% from 3-point range on 6-26 from behind the arc. They committed 20 turnovers. For Maryland, Terrance Morris had 22 points on 8-11 from the field (3-3 from 3-point range) and 9 rebounds. Kentucky did force 15 turnovers and outrebounded Maryland 37-29.
It was Coach Gary Williams' first ever win over Kentucky and his 200th win overall at Maryland.
Jamaal Magloire got his 227th blocked shot, passing Mel Turpin for the all-time record for blocked shots at Kentucky [JPS Note, Len Elmore claimed that Magloire broke the record but according to the official scorer, Magloire only tied the record with 226].