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A huge game for Immanuel Quickley fuels the Cats.

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats were back in Rupp with a two-game lead in the SEC for a big matchup with the Florida Gators.

It was a good start for the Cats as they were able to jump out to the quick 8-2 lead.

Florida was able to get going quickly though and cut the lead to 14-13 at the under 12 media timeout.

Kentucky held a 21-18 lead after an Immanuel Quickley layup, but unfortunately, Nick Richards picked up his second foul with over 6 minutes left in the half which hurt Kentucky’s offense.

Despite a few breakdowns, the Cats were locked in defensively which kept this one close in the minutes without Richards.

Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey were both outstanding in the first half and a three by Hagans gave the Cats a 31-28 lead with a minute left.

Florida freshman Ques Glover took one shot in the first half and it was a three at the buzzer that sent the game into halftime tied at 31.

The second half didn’t get off to a good start for the Cats, as Florida quickly ran out to a 40-33 lead.

Kentucky was able to answer after two and-ones by Quickley and a tough layup by Maxey in transition gave the Cats a 41-40 lead.

The Cats trailed 44-41 before Quickley erupted with three straight 3’s to put Kentucky up 50-44 forcing Florida to take a timeout.

After the 9-0 run by Quickley alone, the scoring slowed down as each team scored 2 points over the next three minutes and it was 52-46 with just under 8 minutes to play.

Florida never let go of the rope, but a career high 26 from Quickley fueled the Cats in a 65-59 win.

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