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Quickley's 30 points power No. 8 Kentucky past Texas AM

Field Level Media
26 Feb 2020, 12:19 GMT+10

Immanuel Quickley scored a career-high 30 points while leading eighth-ranked Kentucky past Texas AM 69-60 on Tuesday night in College Station, Texas.

It was the second consecutive game in which Quickley has posted a career high in points. He had 26 against Florida on Saturday.

Against the Aggies, Quickley made 11 of 19 shots from the floor, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats (23-5, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) got 13 points from Tyrese Maxey, and E.J. Montgomery added eight points, a game-high 10 rebounds, two steals and one block.

Point guard Ashton Hagans, who was used off the bench in Kentucky's previous game after recovering from a leg injury, returned to the starting lineup and provided 11 points and a game-high seven assists.

Kentucky, which leads the SEC standings, improved to 7-2 on the road this season. Overall, the Wildcats have won seven straight games.

The Aggies (14-13, 8-7) had their three-game winning streak snapped. Wendell Mitchell scored 18 points to pace Texas AM. Savion Flagg had 17 points and five assists, and Josh Nebo added 14 points.

Both teams came out hot as the Aggies made their first four 3-point attempts and the Wildcats made their first three.

Texas AM led by as many as three points early, but Kentucky took control with 17:33 left in the half as a Quickley 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 10-8 lead.

The visitors never trailed again.

From there, Kentucky led by as many as 11 points before taking a 36-27 lead into the break.

In the second half, Kentucky stretched its advantage to 14 points. The Aggies cut their deficit to 44-38 on a dunk by Nebo with 14:23 left. That play was set up by Flagg's stellar lob pass.

However, Kentucky's next two shots were made 3-pointers by Quickley, both from the left corner, for a 50-38 lead.

The Aggies came back again, cutting the gap to 57-50 with 3:57 left. But Quickley responded again, first with a step-through leaner in the lane and then on a 3-pointer on Kentucky's next possession for a 62-51 lead with 1:23 left.

Ultimately, that was too much for the Aggies to overcome.

--Field Level Media

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