No. 1 Kentucky 82, No. 9 Baylor 70
Quincy Acy kept his promise and didn’t back down as the Bears
tried to send the message early that they would not be intimidated
But the senior’s efforts did more to fire up the Wildcats as
Baylor’s Final Four dream ended with an 82-70 loss to Kentucky in
Sunday’s South Regional final.
Acy had 22 points but had too little scoring help as Baylor was
overwhelmed by Kentucky’s talent and depth.
Pierre Jackson had 21 points, including five baskets in the
final 2 minutes. Baylor had only one other scorer in double figures
and couldn’t pull closer than 10 points.
Perry Jones III added 17 points for Baylor (30-8), which was
denied its bid for its first Final Four appearance in 62 years. The
Bears led 10-5 but Kentucky answered with a 16 unanswered points
never lost the lead.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 19 points led Kentucky (36-2), which
will play in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four on
Acy said Saturday Baylor couldn’t shy away from Anthony Davis
and Kentucky’s other shot-blockers.
Acy backed up his point less than 2 minutes into the game when
his hard foul on Terrence Jones, who was trying to score on a fast
break, sent the Kentucky forward sprawling off the court into the
After reviewing the play, officials called a flagrant foul on
The play gave the Bears a temporary boost. A 3-pointer by Quincy
Miller capped an 8-0 run that gave Baylor a 10-5 lead.
Kentucky’s answer was devastating.
Led by Kidd-Gilchrist, the Wildcats took command by scoring 16
unanswered points. Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer had 3-pointers
in the run.
Kentucky kept up the pressure after Acy’s jumper ended Baylor’s
scoring drought that lasted about 5 minutes. Jones and Davis
combined for five blocked shots and three steals and the Wildcats
led 42-22 at the break.
Brady Heslip missed a 3-pointer to open the second half, setting
up a dunk by Jones. It was a telling start to the final 20 minutes
as the Wildcats continued to take advantage of Baylor’s misses and
A 3-pointer by Doron Lamb stretched Kentucky’s lead to 23 points
at 51-28 early in the second half. Even as guards A.J. Walton and
Gary Franklin were called for their fourth fouls, Baylor stretched
its defense to a full-court press as it tried to rally.
Heslip’s first 3-pointer cut Kentucky’s lead to 63-50. Teague
and Kidd-Gilchrist answered the challenge with back-to-back baskets
before Terrence Jones slammed home his missed free throw to quickly
push the lead back to 19 points.
There was a scary collision early in the second half. Davis,
flying through the air on a drive to the basket, had his left knee
hit Perry Jones’ hip. Each player went to the floor and needed
assistance to his bench, but each soon returned.
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III attracted a crowd of
autograph-seekers before the game as he sat with other Baylor
Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out with 2:38 remaining. Franklin fouled
out for Baylor.