DES MOINES — One program made its 56th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The other was in the “Big Dance” for the first time.
Thursday night, Kentucky dispatched of Stony Brook after an ugly start, and the Wildcats are now moving on to an intriguing second-round matchup with Indiana.
Live blog (second half)
Kentucky 85, Stony Brook 57 (FINAL)
Kentucky 80, Stony Brook 55 (1:30 left): The Seawolves just subbed out their seniors, who received a nice ovation from Stony Brook fans in attendance. We’re taking that as a sign that this one is wrapped up. Stay tuned to SEC Country for postgame news and analysis.
Kentucky 68, Stony Brook 38 (7:52 left): Stony Brook is cooked. The Seawolves have missed their past six shots while the Wildcats have hit five of seven. Kentucky’s field-goal percentage (48.1) has crept back near 50 after an ugly first half.
Kentucky 64, Stony Brook 35 (10:33 left): Tyler Ulis broke John Wall’s single-season assist record a couple minutes ago. Read more here.
Kentucky 55, Stony Brook 27 (13:15 left): The Wildcats were clearly chewed out by John Calipari at halftime, because they’re outscoring the Seawolves 22-8 after an ugly offensive effort in the first half. They’ve made their last seven shot attempts, and appear ready to put an end to this first-round mismatch.
Kentucky 42, Stony Brook 23 (17:03 left): Stony Brook’s Lucas Woodhouse finally hit the first 3-pointer by either team tonight, but Kentucky is beginning to pull away by getting to the rim for easy baskets.
Halftime notes: Kentucky is shooting 11-for-34 (32.4 percent), going 0-for-7 from deep … Jamal Murray is shooting 1-for-9 … Alex Poythress has eight points on 2-for-3 shooting … Stony Brook is shooting 7-for-37 (18.9 percent), including 0-for-5 from deep … Jameel Warney leads the Seawolves with six points (3-for-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds.
Live blog (First half)
Kentucky 33, Stony Brook 19 (HALFTIME): A nightmare scenario at the end of the half for Stony Brook: The Seawolves allow Isaiah Briscoe to grab an offensive board and complete a three-point play, with Seawolves guard Kameron Mitchell injuring his shoulder in the process. On the other end, Kentucky senior Alex Poythress swats a layup attempt into press row, and Carson Puriefoy misses a shot at the buzzer.
Kentucky 30, Stony Brook 19 (30.2 seconds left): Kentucky (0-for-5 on last five field goals) has settled back into offensive mediocrity, while Stony Brook has found a little bit of life. The Wildcats have 24 seconds remaining on the shot clock, meaning the Seawolves will likely get another shot before the half, too.
Kentucky 24, Stony Brook 13 (4:46 left): The Seawolves are beginning to get sloppy on the defensive end, too. They allowed Jamal Murray to shoot a wide-open corner 3-pointer — he missed — and then left Derek Willis open underneath to grab the rebound and finish. The only good news for Stony Brook: Rayshaun McGrew snapped the team’s 8:19 streak without a field goal.
Kentucky 16, Stony Brook 10 (7:02 left): Kentucky and Stony Brook are keeping Wells Fargo Arena quiet with an oddly inefficient contest. The Seawolves have missed 14 straight shots (!) but somehow only trail by six, and can cut it to four at the free-throw line. Kentucky’s similarly ugly shooting (6-for-22 overall) has more fans scratching their heads than cheering.
Kentucky 10, Stony Brook 8 (11:25 left): We’re still watching brutal basketball on the offensive end, with the teams combining to shoot 6-for-32 thus far. Stony Brook has not been able to generate any room on offense, with most possessions ending in hopeless 1-on-1 situations. But Kentucky can’t find a rhythm, either, so the Seawolves are sticking around with a chance to tie at the free-throw line.
Kentucky 6, Stony Brook 4 (14:56 left): Tyler Ulis found Alex Poythress for a wide-open dunk, but the Seawolves are headed to the free-throw line to try and knot the score. Kentucky hasn’t necessarily been sluggish, though shots aren’t falling early. The Wildcats are now 2-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-2 from deep.
Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney has already been a big factor. He has a bucket, four rebounds and swatted away a Skal Labissiere dunk attempt. Kentucky is doubling him when he gets the ball on the block.
Kentucky 4, Stony Brook 2 (16:31 left): We’re off to a slow start in Des Moines. The teams are a combined 2-for-12 to begin the game, with Isaiah Briscoe netting two free throws to keep the Wildcats ahead.
Get caught up:
- Meet the “beast” who could end Kentucky’s season Thursday night
- John Calipari not looking past Stony Brook, explains why “they can beat us”
- Kentucky players bond over classic video game
Notes: While at Kentucky, John Calipari has never lost in the first, second or third (Sweet 16) rounds of the NCAA tournament … Stony Brook senior Jameel Warney had a career-high 43 points to go with 10 rebounds in the America East championship Saturday … Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis was named the SEC tournament MVP after a 30-point, 5-assist game vs. Texas A&M … The winner of Thursday night’s contest will play Indiana at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.
Kentucky starters: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere
Stony Brook starters: Ahmad Walker, Carson Puriefoy, Lucas Woodhouse, Rayshaun McGrew and Jameel Warney