Keldon Johnson’s Big Second Half Leads Kentucky Past Tennessee State

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Keldon Johnson’s Big Second Half Leads Kentucky Past Tennessee State

Keldon Johnson showed everyone the big time player he can be in the second half versus Tennessee State. Photo:

By Vinny Hardy

The process of finding themselves continues for the Kentucky Wildcats. Everyone knows what how the season began. They have now reeled off five straight wins since then but it hasn’t been without its share of ups and downs. Last Sunday, VMI rained in 19 three-point shots, 10 courtesy of Bubba Parham. This past Wednesday Winthrop tossed in 13 more from downtown.

So tonight you would think that Tennessee State would be licking their chops to see how they would fare shooting over the Cats as well since that’s what they love to do. Instead they flipped the script.

Yep, Tennessee State took two’s and liked it and passed on good shots to get great shots, as their head coach Brian Collins said after the game. At halftime the Tigers had only attempted five three-pointers. Kentucky was obliging when it came to allowing great shots. The straight line drives and blow by’s had the Cats trailing and the crowd a little uneasy in the first half.

Midway through the first half Kentucky was able to get it going and take a 35-27 lead to the locker room behind a group effort offensively.

In the second half Keldon Johnson put his game on display and flashed the potential that could very well lead to him being that dude on this team with more games under his belt. He was 6-10 from the field and 8-12 from the foul line in the second half en route to scoring 20 of his career-high 27 points in the final 20 minutes as Kentucky pulled away for a 77-62 victory. He also chipped in seven rebounds in his 35 minutes of action.

The good thing is that Kentucky got the win. Cal and his staff still have more molding and teaching than maybe they expected to have at this point.

So the process continues.

Utah, North Carolina, Louisville and conference play are getting closer by the day, but the focus right now is solely on getting better and showing it against Monmouth on Wednesday.

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