November 23, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky.(AP) John Calipari's rebuilding project at Kentucky is ahead of schedule.
Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the fifth-ranked Wildcats held off No. 10 North Carolina 68-66 on Saturday.
Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-0), which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (7-2) and inched closer to becoming the first program to reach 2,000 victories. The Wildcats have 1,996, while North Carolina has 1,991.
Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points and Will Graves added 13, but the Tar Heels ' second-half rally stalled in the final minutes.
Wall and fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe made sure of it, making 5 of 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds after North Carolina had trimmed a 19-point deficit to two.