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Then, Kentucky started to show why they were the No. 5 seed in the tournament. Kentucky went on a 14-7 run to end the half and led Davidson 36-26 at the half.
PJ Washington led both teams in scoring with 11 points by halftime. Washington and Kevin Knox combined for 20 of Kentucky’s 34 hlaftime points.
However, the Kentucky Wildcats were held to 0 three pointers in the entirety of the first half. But, Kentucky dominated the paint, and hit 55% of their shots.
Meanwhile, the Davidson Wildcats struggled offensively scoring only 24 points in the first. They were only 3-14 (23.1%) from behind the arc, and only 30.3% from the field.
Davidson came out hot in the first five minutes of the second half. As a matter of fact, they went 5-5 to start the half, and brought the Kentucky lead to just 3 points. This run was largely in part to 3 three pointers made by Jon Axel Gudmundsson who had previously not scored.
Until the midway point of the second half, Davidson continued to keep up with the young Kentucky team. In fact, at this point it was only a one point game.
Davidson continued its strong second half as they were only down six with two minutes left in the game.
But, the final two minutes were all Kentucky as they went on a game clinching 9-0 run. This was largely because of the play of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He scored 9 of his 19 in the final 2 minutes because of free throws.
Gudmundsson scored all 20 of his points for Davidson in the second half which kept the game close. He also nabbed 5 rebounds andished 3 assists.
The final in the battle between Kentucky and Davidson was 78-73, Kentucky.