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Auburn rallies to upset No. 14 Kentucky 75-70

2570 days ago
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Kareem Canty scored 26 points, including two free throws with 20 seconds left, helping lift Auburn to a 75-70 upset of No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday.

The Tigers (8-8, 2/3 Southeastern Conference) wiped out a 12-point second-half deficit to snap an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats (13-4, 3-2). Auburn's only win in the last 33 meetings had come in 2000, and students stormed the court to celebrate the upset.

Tyler Harris added 21 points and 11 rebounds and made two free throws in the final minute. Kentucky's Jamal Murray made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Canty missed two free throws to give Kentucky hope.

Tyler Ulis, who scored 17 points, missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that would have kept Kentucky alive. The 5-foot-9 Ulis had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Murray scored 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting.

Canty drove for a tying layup with 1:32 left and was fouled by Ulis. Canty came up favoring his right leg but hit the free throw to give Auburn the lead for good.

Harris rebounded a missed shot and hit two more from the free throw line with 34 seconds to push it to 72-67. He then grabbed the ball after Ulis missed on a drive.

Auburn had rallied from a 47-35 deficit with a 21-4 run punctuated by 3-pointers by Canty and the 6-foot-10 Harris, taking a 56-51 lead midway through the half. Harris made all three of his 3-point attempts.

Auburn, which has lost key guards Tahj Shamsid-Deen and T.J. Dunans to injuries, hit 12 3-pointers, five by Canty. The Tigers were 6 of 10 from beyond the arc in the second half to spearhead the comeback.

They had dropped 15 straight games against ranked opponents, since a win over No. 23 Mississippi State on Feb. 18, 2012.

Derek Willis added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky, which made 25 of 72 shots (34.7 percent).

The only other bench points for the Wildcats came from Skal Labissiere, who scored four points but also drew a technical foul.


Former Auburn coach Tony Barbee did not attend the game. The Kentucky assistant was recruiting Saturday, a Wildcats spokeswoman said. Auburn fired Barbee after he went 18-50 in SEC games over four seasons.


Auburn forward Cinmeon Bowers returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench seven straight games. He had eight points and 10 rebounds.


Kentucky: Shot 11 of 35 in the second half and made 6 of 18 3-pointers for the game. ... Outrebounded Auburn 48-38.

Auburn: Made 21 of 31 free throws and 12 of 26 3-point attempts.


Kentucky visits Arkansas on Thursday.

Auburn hosts Alabama on Tuesday.