LEXINGTON, KY. – Kentucky's shortest player led the Wildcats past their biggest rival.
Point guard Tyler Ulis scored 21 points, and No. 12 Kentucky held off 16th-ranked Louisville's rally for a 75-73 win Saturday to give John Calipari his 200th victory as the Wildcats' coach.
"It was a great team performance and really a good win," said Ulis, a 5-9 sophomore. "We played with a lot more enthusiasm from the start."
Damion Lee, who led the Cardinals with 27 points, was well off on a potential winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Kentucky (10-2) led by 16 points early in the second half before Louisville came almost all the way back.
"The first half, we gave up a lot of baskets, a lot of offensive rebounds, a lot of threes," Lee said. "We weren't really playing our game. We came back. We fought back. It was a very, very close game against a great team. We just didn't execute down the stretch."
Alex Poythress scored 14 points for Kentucky. Dominique Hawkins added 13 and Jamal Murray had 12.