- Saturday, March 18 1995 -
NCAA Southeast Regional Second Round (at Memphis, TN)
Kentucky - 82 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Final Rank 2nd by AP]
Tulane - 60 (Head Coach: Perry Clark) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 41, Tulane 24
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 36. (All Rights Reserved)
Wildcats Surf the Green Wave:
Kentucky cruised to a relatively easy 82-60 win over Tulane in NCAA 2nd round competition at the Memphis Pyramid. UK raised its record to 27-4, while Tulane ended its season at 23-10. Kentucky was ranked #2 by AP, Tulane unranked for this game.
Tulane got the opening tip and scored the 1st basket, later going up 4-2 and 6-5, but from there on it was all Kentucky. McCarty started the Cats' scoring with an 8 ft hook, and Sheppard hit a 3. UK went up 17-8 before Chiles got a dunk on a 4-on-1 break. The Green Wave closed to within 17-14 on a long 2 with about 10 minutes left in the half, whereupon the doors blew off and the Wildcats enjoyed a 20-2 run (absolutely nothing, not even layups, dropped for Tulane, which went 15 consecutive possessions without scoring). This great UK streak was fueled by a nice Sheppard assist to McCarty for a layup, a brilliant Epps-to-Walker bounce pass in traffic for a dunk, a Prickett steak and layup, a pair of Rhodes FTs, a Sheppard 12 footer, a Delk steal and layup, a Delk-to-Pope-to-Delk inside/outside combination for a 3, a Harris 16 footer, and finally a Walker 8 foot turnaround bank shot. Tulane finally scored a FT (by Lewis) to make the score 37-17, and UK went up 41-19 when CBS decided it had had enough and switched to a "more competitive game" with slightly less than 2 minutes left in the half.
[JNB note - and this was the last we saw of this game here in Atlanta. UK pretty much maintained this lead, with Tulane never getting closer than 67-54 in the 2nd half with about 4.5 minutes remaining. The Cats appeared content to hold this score and not run it up.] The Cats hit on 60% FG shooting near the end of the 1st half, with Tulane managing only 30%. One of the Green Wave stars (Honeycutt) got 3 early fouls and was no great offensive threat (managing only 9 points for the game). Their center Allen had a good game and was the only double-figure scorer for the Green Wave, scoring 29 points to lead all players.
Pitino was quick to praise Tulane's coach Perry Clark, who Rick had tried to hire as an assistant at Boston University (Clark doesn't remember being offered a job, however) for his team's efforts in this game.