Auburn fans spilled onto the floor moments after the Tigers captured a 75-70 win, their first over the Kentucky Wildcats in 16 years.
No. 14 Kentucky (13-4, 3-2 SEC) blew a 12-point second-half lead, putting its 18-game winning streak over Auburn (8-8, 2-3 SEC) to rest at Auburn Arena on Saturday afternoon.
According to CBS, the victory was the Tigers’ first over a ranked opponent since 2009.
The turning point: Auburn owned a few different leads down the stretch, but its final one stuck when Ulis missed a short jumper with 45 seconds remaining and Kentucky — down three — was forced to begin the late-game fouling ritual.
MVP: Ulis. Despite the late miss, the sophomore was absolutely brilliant down the stretch. He finished with a near-triple double (15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists).
Memorable moment: Auburn guard Kareem Canty twisted his ankle badly on a game-typing layup with 1:32 remaining, but made the basket and then put home the ensuing free throw for a 68-67 lead.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress
Off the bench: Derek Willis, Charles Matthews, Skal Labissiere, Mychal Mulder
Cleaning up the glass: Willis finished with 11 rebounds. He reached a new career high (8) in the first half alone … Kentucky had a 35-30 lead at halftime … Labissiere picked up Kentucky’s 11th technical of the season near the end of the first half … Auburn shot just 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) in the first half.
What’s next: Thursday, Jan. 21 at Arkansas (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)