It was Kentucky’s first NIT appearance in three decades and junior Perry Stevenson didn’t disappoint the small but boisterous crowd. Stevenson drove the middle of the lane, took off from about five feet out and buried it over UNLV’s Joe Darger. UK grabbed the momentum and held tight, sprinting out to a 20-point lead.
Said the team’s star Patrick Patterson: “I just started laughing, I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. That’s Perry for you. It killed anything I’ve done this season.”