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Liveblog: Kentucky 85, Texas A&M 74

Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari said he asked his players for a “word” to describe their goals for 2019. For the team, that word would be “rebound” as UK tries to shake off Saturday’s loss at Alabama when it meet visiting Texas A&M on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.

We will be live atop the floor at Rupp Arena to bring you scores, updates and analysis. Interact with me on Twitter at @johnclayiv. Scroll down for a dedicated Twitter feed.

Final: Kentucky 85, Texas A&M 74

Final box

Kentucky 76, Texas A&M 66 with 3:43 left

The visitors cut the lead to 66-64 with 7:55 left before Immanuel Quickley buried a three-pointer form the left wing with 7:34 left. Aggies got it down to 69-66 before Herro hit a three from right wing, Hagans scored on drive and Washington muscled in a basket.

Kentucky lead just 66-61 with 7:57 left

The Aggies are making a game of it, thanks to shooting 52.3 percent from the floor. A&M is 6-of-12 from three for 50 percent. And the boards are even at 23. Jay Jay Chandler leads the visitors with 15 points. Tyler Herro has 18 points, but the Cats failed to put the game away early when they had the chance.

Kentucky 60, Texas A&M 51 with 11:29 left

Aggies had chance to get the lead under nine but Mekowulu’s shot was blocked by Reid Travis. Keldon Johnson hit two free throws at other end to push it back to 11 at 60-49. John Walker scored inside for A&M to make it 60-51. After not scoring in the first half, PJ Washington scored his first points of the game at 13:59.

Kentucky 54-44 with 15:44 left at Rupp

Tyler Herro now up to 14 points, but the freshmen has made a couple of poor passes. Texas A&M has made three of its four shots this half.

Halftime: Kentucky 46, Texas A&M 34

After falling behind 10-0 at start of game, UK rallied to take control and leads by a dozen at the break. Tyler Herro led UK with 10 points in the first half. Cats shot 48.3. Aggies shot 51.3 percent from the floor. Texas A&M turned it over 12 times, compared to six turnovers for the home team.

Halftime box

Kentucky 38, Texas A&M 24 with 3:55 left in 1H

Cats have made 12 of 25 shots for 48 percent. Aggies are 9-of-20 from the floor for 45 percent. UK is 3-of-9 from three. Aggies are 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Big stat: Texas A&M with 11 turnovers compared to UK’s four. Points off turnover: Kentucky 16-6.

Kentucky with 29-21 lead at 6:12 mark of first half

We have a pause in play as officials sort out what happened when Texas A&M’s Wendell Mitchell wrapped up UK’s Ashton Hagans on a breakaway. Hagans and Immanuel Quickley each with two steals.

Kentucky up 27-18 with 7:55 left in first half

Down 16-11, Kentucky scored 13 straight points for a 24-16 lead. E.J. Montgomery started the run with a pair of baskets. Then Immanuel Quickley scored back-to-back buckets. Tyler Herro followed with seven straight points. A&M did not score from the 12:16 mark until TJ Starks scored on a fast break with 8:21 left.

Kentucky experiences a failure to launch

Texas A&M scored the first 10 points of the game. The Aggies are up 12-2 at the 14:50 TV time here in the first half. Comatose Cats committed four turnovers in first nine possessions.

Officials

Officials for UK-Texas A&M are Pat Adams, Michael Roberts and Ron Groover

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