The crowd was...less than spectacular. It was probably due to the terrible weather, but the student section was almost empty, and the rest of the arena was nowhere near full.
However, that didn’t deter this team. The Cats played much, much better tonight than they did in the first two games of the season.
They looked confident and poised. They made their fair share of mistakes, but they didn’t put their heads down. This was a much needed performance from the Wildcats after the last week and a half of sports-related heartbreak.
UK just clicked in all facets of the game. They shot the ball well (inside the arc, three-point land, and free throw line), they dominated the boards, and the defense finally started to look the way we expected it to. The Cats did commit a few too many turnovers, but those are mistakes that will hopefully get ironed out as the season goes on.
This game was definitely a sight for sore eyes. And the BBN should be excited for what the rest of the season entails because this team is the real deal. It’ll be worth the growing pains come March.
PJ Washington takes it home this time. After two miserable performances to start his sophomore campaign, PJ finally hit his stride tonight. And he didn’t slow down once he did.
UND had no answer for Washington as he did whatever he wanted all night on the offensive end.
He finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on 9/13 shooting from the field. This set a new career high in points for Washington, as did his four made three-pointers on only five attempts.
His game didn’t start great, though. He struggled early. He was even taken out of the game for Nick Richards 58 seconds in. But it was apparently the wake up call that he needed because it seemingly lit a fire in him.
Hopefully, PJ’s able to sustain this success and be a leader for this team moving forward. They will definitely need it.