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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Kentucky 59, Princeton 57

By Mark Schlabach

TAMPA, Fla. -- Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight missed the first seven shots he took against Princeton in Thursday’s East Regional second-round game at St. Pete Times Forum.

But Knight made the shot that mattered the most for Kentucky, scoring a scooping bank shot with two seconds left to play in the No. 4-seeded Wildcats’ 59-57 victory over No. 13 seed Princeton.

Knight, a point guard from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., finished with two points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Turning point: Princeton, the Ivy League co-champion, had a 44-39 lead with about 12 minutes to play. But the Wildcats scored on their next three possessions. Freshman Doron Lamb's bank shot gave the Cats a 45-44 lead with 9:49 to go.

Player of the game: For all the attention Kentucky’s fabulous freshmen are getting, senior forward Josh Harrellson continues to come up big in the postseason. Harrellson scored 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. He also had four steals and one blocked shot.

Key stat: 3-for-14. The Tigers shot 3-for-14 on 3-pointers, including 1-for-7 in the second half.

Miscellaneous: Kentucky junior Darius Miller scored 17 points, but only two in the second half. He had 15 points in the first half on 5-for-8 shooting. Freshman forward Terrence Jones added 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Guard Dan Mavraides led the Tigers with 14 points.

What’s next: Kentucky advances to Saturday’s third round and will play No. 5 seed West Virginia in the East Regional. The Mountaineers upset UK 73-66 in the Elite Eight last season. Princeton finished the season with a 25-7 record.